William Seward Statue, Auburn, c. 1900
Suggested Teaching Instructions
Unlike Lincoln, Seward recovered from the attack. He served as Secretary of State for President Andrew Johnson and was instrumental in purchasing Alaska from Russia for $7,200,000 in 1867. Although critics called this purchase "Seward's Folly," at only two cents an acre, Alaska was an incredible bargain.
After retiring in 1869, Seward spent time traveling. He visited Alaska and took a trip around the world. He died at his home in Auburn on October 10, 1872.
The statue of Seward in this photograph is located in Auburn, New York. In 1823, Seward moved to Auburn, where he married and practiced law. On the visible side of the statue is engraved a quotation from one of his anti-slavery speeches:
"The Constitution regulates our stewardship. The Constitution devotes the domain to union, to justice, to defence, to welfare and to liberty. But there is a higher law than the Constitution which regulates authority over the domain and devotes it to the same noble purposes."