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William H. Seward Letter, 1842 September 22

 File — Box: OS0015, oversize-folder: 4258.02

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of a single letter from William H. Seward to Nious Smith of Columbus, Ohio, written from Albany and dated September 22, 1842. In the letter, Seward discusses the national political situation and the Whigs' prospects in the upcoming congressional election. The collection also includes a handwritten transcript of the original record.


  • 1842 September 22


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Biographical / Historical

William H. Seward was a New York politician who served as a New York state senator from 1830 to 1834, as New York governor from 1839 to 1842, and as a United States senator from 1849 to 1861. Seward also served as United States secretary of state from 1861 to 1869.


From the Collection: 0.4 Linear Feet

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