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Lawyer

Frederick William Seward, American lawyer. member of New York Assembly, 1875; member International Arbitration Conference, Washington, 1904.

Background

Seward, Frederick William was born on July 8, 1830 in Auburn, New York, United States. Son of William Henry (Secretary of State) and Frances A. (Miller) S.

Education

Brother of William Henry S. Bachelor of Arts, Union College, 1849 (Doctor of Laws, 1878).

Career

Admitted to bar, 1851. One of editors and owners Albany Evening Journal, 1851-1861. Was sent to warn Abraham Lincoln of plot to assassinate him in Baltimore, 1861.

Assistant secretary of state, 1861-1869, 1877-1881. As acting secretary of state, sat in cabinets of Presidents Lincoln, Johnson and Hayes. Was nearly murdered in his father’s defense, April 14, 1865.

Was sent on special mission with Admiral Porter to negotiate W. Indian treaties, 1867. Participated in purchase of Alaska, and negotiation for Pago-Pago Harbor, Samoa. Member of New York Assembly, 1875.

Republican nominee for secretary of state of New York, 1875. State commissioner at Yorktown Centennial celebration, 1881. President Union College Alumni Association, 1900, Society of the Cayugas, 1902.

President at Semi-Centennial of Republican party, Saratoga, 1904. Member International Arbitration Conference, Washington, 1904. Vice president Hudson-Fulton Commission and chairman of Plan and Scope Committee, 1908-1909.

Author: Life and Letters of William H. Seward, 1891. A West Indian Cruise (serial in Godey’s magazine), 1894. Home: Montrose, New York.

Works

  • Other Work

    • Author: Life and Letters of William H. Seward, 1891. A West Indian Cruise (serial in Godey’s magazine), 1894.

Membership

Member of New York Assembly, 1875. Member International Arbitration Conference, Washington, 1904.

Connections

Married Anna M. Wharton, November 9, 1854.

father:
William Henry Seward

spouse:
Anna M. Wharton