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Seward: Lincolns' Indispensable Man; Secretary of State

Updated on November 15, 2014

A member of Lincoln's Team of Rivals

William Henry Seward was a remarkable man about whom you will only know by reading a biography such as this on by Walter Stahr. In his time, Seward was one of the best known political men of his time. Do you know much about him? Why did he never become President? Why did he purchase Russian-America, now Alaska?

What was Seward the first to do that Hillary Clinton, as Secretary of State, took to new heights?

The image is of my copy of the book. I have been anxious to read it. Let's get it underway! ;-)

Amazon Spotlight Personal Review - Seward by Walter Stahr

Seward: Lincoln's Indispensable Man
Seward: Lincoln's Indispensable Man

Seward was Secretary of State, first among Lincoln's Team of Rivals, his cabinet. Most political people had expected Seward to be elected President in the Election of 1860. This tells the story William Henry Seward, who he was, how he got there, why he was not elected, and why the nation is absolutely better off that he played the variety of roles he did in our nation's history.

I highly recommend this book for those who want to obtain a more in-depth understanding of the period surrounding the Civil War.


Did you know Seward before reading this?

Did you know Seward before reading this?

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Amazon Spotlight Personal Review - John Jay

John Jay: Founding Father
John Jay: Founding Father

This is a fine biography of the John Jay, the First Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court, also written by Walter Stahr. I have read this biography of a Founding Father and found it most revealing. Stahr does a fine job, again, providing the research and writing in a style that really takes you inside the life of a crucial patriot of the revolutionary era who most of us know little about. I commend it to your reading, to broaden your understanding of the period.

Hillary Clinton taking the oath as Secretary of State
Hillary Clinton taking the oath as Secretary of State

Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State

Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State since 2009, has logged nearly a million miles around the globe and visited 121 foreign countries.

William Henry Seward was the first Secretary of State, in an 1865 steamship tour of the Caribbean area, to visit a foreign nation as Secretary of State on an official visit.

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      William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @AllisonsAttic: Thanks! It was fun making it! ;-) For the Squidoo Book Club... ;-)

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      AllisonsAttic 5 years ago

      Great new lens!