“I nominate William H. Seward…”


President Abraham Lincoln nominated New York Senator William H. Seward for Secretary of State on March 5, 1861. During his eight-year tenure as Secretary of State, Seward handled the delicate relations with foreign nations during the Civil War, and in 1867, he negotiated and signed the treaty with Russia for the cession of Alaska to the United States.

National Archives, Records of the U.S. Senate Used with the permission of the U.S. Senate


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