The Seward Family

William H. Seward

Defender of Freedom (1801 – 1872)

One of the most influential men of his time, William Seward was a New York State Governor, a U.S. Senator and a Secretary of State to Presidents Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson. Seward was quite social, fond of debate and card playing.

Frances Miller Seward

Woman of Principle (1805 -1865)

Although she disliked politics, Frances played an important role as her husband’s advisor. A free-thinker, she supported the Women’s Rights movement and hid runaway slaves in her basement.

Augustus H. Seward

Frontier soldier (1826-1876)

“Gus” was a west point graduate who served in the Mexican American and Civil Wars, retiring at the rank of Lt. Colonel. Gus was visiting his father in Washington at the time of the attack on his father, and was injured fighting off the would-be assassin.

Frederick W. Seward

Seward’s right hand man (1830-1915)

Frederick followed in his father’s footsteps and served as Assistant Secretary of State during his father’s tenure, and later in the Hayes administration. Fred was nearly killed during the attempt on Seward’s life.

William H Seward, Jr.

War Hero (1839 – 1920)

The Seward’s youngest son, Will was wounded in the Civil War and promoted to Brigadier General at the age of 24. His architectural changes to the Seward House are visible, but he preserved the family’s collection and welcomed visitors interested in touring his home.

Fanny Seward

Eyewitness to History (1844-1866)

The light of her father’s eye, an aspiring writer and passionate reader, Fanny Seward’s detailed diaries about encounters with President Lincoln, foreign diplomats, and artists bring the era to life.