Preludes to the Civil War: William Henry Seward
William Henry Seward was born and grew up in the
village of Florida, NY.  He was an ardent abolitionist.
He went on to be Lincoln’s Secretary of State, and
also engineered the purchase of Alaska. “Seward
Day” is celebrated in that state every year.
William H. Seward
Selection from “On the Dangers of Extending Slavery”
speech by W. H. Seward, delivered Oct. 12, 1855 at Albany
Seward c. 1846, when he defended a
black man who had murdered a white
family on the basis of insanity, one of
the first uses of this defense.
The Underground Railroad ran through Warwick
Preludes to Civil War; Accomplishements of individuals