Grand Staircase 1800's Home by Cathryn  Lahm
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Grand Staircase 1800’s Home
Seward House, A National Historic Landmark, Auburn, New York

William Henry Seward, Secretary of State, United States Senator, New York Governor and abolitionist. He was one of the most outspoken anti-slavery politicians of his time. He and his wife were friends of Harriet Tubman. Frances Seward helped Harriet Tubman and the underground railroad by hiding slaves in the Seward House.

Seward was elected to the New York State Senate in 1830 where he served for four years. In 1838, Seward won the race for Governor of New York and served two terms. In 1849, he was elected to the United States Senate. AS a senator in Washington D.C., Seward emerged as one of the leaders in the newly formed Republican Party.

Seward sought but never attained the highest office in the land. Although a front-runner in the 1860 presidential primary, the party ultimately supported Abraham Lincoln. In 1861, Lincoln appointed Seward Secretary of State.

In 1867, Seward negotiated the purchase of Alaska from Russia. At the time, skeptics called it “Seward’s Folly” yet it has since proved one of the United States’ best investments. In 1870, Seard left Auburn to tour the world bringing home many rare artifacts now on view at Seward House. He died in the office of his Auburn home on October 10, 1872 at the age of 71.

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  • janetlee
    janetleeover 5 years ago

    Love this, Cath!

  • Cathryn  Lahm
    Cathryn Lahmover 5 years ago

    Thank you my dear Janet.. :-)

  • heznel
    heznelalmost 5 years ago

    This is an invitation to please place this artwork into our group Tables and Chairs LINK

  • Hi Heather, Thank you, I will apply … ty :-)

    – Cathryn Lahm

  • SandraRos
    SandraRosover 4 years ago

    Gosh this is absolutely stunning and like Heather I would love to see it in Tables and Chairs PLEASE !!

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