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William Henry Seward
Date: 1801 - 1872
Remarks: Member of the Whig party; elected Governor of NY in 1838 & 1840; Elected Senator in 1849 and served 2 terms; One of the most powerful voices in the Abolitionist cause; Secretary of State under Lincoln; Best remembered as the man who negotiated the purchase of Alaska called "Seward's Folly" from Russia in 1867; Security of State, 1861-1869. Interesting note: The first New Yorker to be honored with a public monument. This sculpture executed by Randolph Rogers, is located at Madison Square Park, the southwest corner of 23rd St and 5th Avenue