Seward: Lincoln’s Indispensable Man
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In 1860 William Henry Seward was poised to become the Republican nominee for president, only to lose to Abraham Lincoln.
Now, on Lincoln’s birthday, historian Walter Stahr describes how the two put aside their rivalry, with Seward becoming Lincoln’s Secretary of State and closest adviser during the Civil War. He was so important that John Wilkes Booth and his co-conspirators targeted Seward along with the President.
A former lawyer, Stahr is also the author of John Jay: Founding Father.