William H. Seward

1801 - 1872

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William Henry Seward (May 16, 1801 – October 10, 1872) was United States Secretary of State from 1861 to 1869, and earlier served as governor of New York and as a United States Senator. A determined opponent of the spread of slavery in the years leading up to the American Civil War, he was a prominent figure in the Republican Party in its formative years, and was praised for his work on behalf of the Union as Secretary of State during the Civil War. Seward was born in 1801 in the village of Florida, in Orange County, New York, where his father was a farmer and owned slaves. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of William H. Seward has received more than 1,833,903 page views. His biography is available in 48 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 45 in 2019). William H. Seward is the 7,002nd most popular politician (up from 8,002nd in 2019), the 2,462nd most popular biography from United States (up from 2,709th in 2019) and the 150th most popular American Politician.

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Among politicians, William H. Seward ranks 7,002 out of 15,710Before him are Phaedon Gizikis, Bernhard Schmidt, Wang Hongwen, Nicholas Murray Butler, Tugay Bey, and Hajime Sugiyama. After him are Pierre Messmer, Yamamoto Kansuke, Herbert von Bismarck, Rafi Eitan, Georg Ebers, and Galla Gaulo.

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Among people born in 1801, William H. Seward ranks 30Before him are Maria Theresa of Austria, Julius Plücker, Zénaïde Bonaparte, Vladimir Dal, Karl Baedeker, and Jean-Baptiste Boussingault. After him are Thomas Cole, Hippolyte Bayard, Justo José de Urquiza, Salvadore Cammarano, Johann Nestroy, and Armand Trousseau. Among people deceased in 1872, William H. Seward ranks 24Before him are Prince Albert of Prussia, Ljudevit Gaj, Immanuel Nobel, John Bowring, Handrij Zejler, and Vladimir Dal. After him are Johan Rudolph Thorbecke, George Meade, Charles-Eugène Delaunay, Kamehameha V, Alfred Clebsch, and Princess Feodora of Hohenlohe-Langenburg.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, William H. Seward ranks 2,462 out of 15,968Before him are Kurtwood Smith (1943), Ben Webster (1909), James Heckman (1944), Bill Viola (1951), Nicholas Murray Butler (1862), and James Levine (1943). After him are Hetty Green (1834), Charles Whitman (1941), Paul H. O'Neill (1935), Mike Markkula (1942), Will Ferrell (1967), and Bill Hewlett (1913).

Among POLITICIANS In United States

Among politicians born in United States, William H. Seward ranks 150Before him are Fiorello H. La Guardia (1882), Gall (1840), John Lewis (1940), Lew Wallace (1827), Elizabeth Warren (1949), and Nicholas Murray Butler (1862). After him are Paul H. O'Neill (1935), Daniel Inouye (1924), Henry A. Wallace (1888), Ignacio Zaragoza (1829), Clyde Tolson (1900), and Lynne Cheney (1941).