Abraham Lincoln Related
Brady Carte de Visite Photograph of William H. Seward
c. 1862-Civil War Period, Carte de Visite Photograph of William H. Seward, United States Secretary of the State under Abraham Lincoln, taken by Matthew Brady, Choice Extremely Fine.
Carte de Visite Photograph of William H. Seward taken by Matthew Brady, with E. Anthony Photographic negative by Brady's imprint on the reverse. This image was originally taken in 1862 at the Brady Studio in Washington. Very clean image, very bold with minimal fading. Corners are rounded from placement into a prior album. This image later used upon United States Currency.
William Henry Seward, Sr. (May 16, 1801 – October 10, 1872) was the 12th Governor of New York, United States Senator and the United States Secretary of State under Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson. A drastic encounter with the spread of slavery in the years leading up to the American Civil War, he was a dominant figure in the Republican Party in its formative years, and was widely regarded as the leading contender for the party's presidential nomination in 1860 – yet his very outspokenness may have cost him the nomination.
Despite his loss, he became a loyal member of Lincoln's wartime cabinet, and played a role in preventing foreign intervention early in the war. On the night of Lincoln's assassination, he survived an attempt on his life in the conspirators' effort to decapitate the Union government. As Johnson's Secretary of State, he engineered the purchase of Alaska from Russia in an act that was ridiculed at the time as "Seward's Folly,” but which somehow exemplified his character.