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    William Henry Seward

    Birth: 6-18-1839

    Death: 4-29-1920

    Nickname: Will

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Seward, Janet MacNeil (JWS) | Marriage Date: 6-27-1860

Biography

William Henry Seward Jr. (he went by Will in close circles) was born June 18, 1839 to William Henry Seward and Frances Adeline Seward (née Miller) in Auburn, New York. He was the third of five children. His siblings were Augustus Henry Seward, Frederick William Seward, Cornelia Seward (who died in infancy), and Frances Adeline Seward.

Will moved to Albany, New York in 1857 where he was a hardware store clerk. He remained in Albany until 1859, when he moved to Washington D.C. to be his father’s private secretary. In 1860, Will established the banking house of William H. Seward & Co with Clinton D. McDougall in Auburn.

Will joined the 138th New York Infantry (later renamed the 9th New York Heavy Artillery) in August 22, 1862 as a Lieutenant Colonel. In May 1864, Will was promoted to Colonel. On July 9, 1864, Will was injured at the Battle of Monocacy when he fell off his horse. Despite the injury, he remained in the army and was promoted on September 14, 1864 to Brigadier General in Martinsburg, Virginia. Will resigned from the army on June 1, 1865 and returned to Auburn where he resumed banking.

Will married Janet MacNeil Watson on June 27, 1860 in Auburn. The couple had three children, Cornelia Margaret Allen (née Seward), William Henry Seward III, and Frances Janet Messenger (née Seward). Will inherited the Seward Mansion at 33 South Street where he raised his family. On April 29, 1920, Will passed away; he is buried in Fort Hill Cemetery in Auburn.

 

 

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Biography: 

William Henry Seward Jr. (he went by Will in close circles) was born June 18, 1839 to William Henry Seward and Frances Adeline Seward (née Miller) in Auburn, New York. He was the third of five children. His siblings were Augustus Henry Seward, Frederick William Seward, Cornelia Seward (who died in infancy), and Frances Adeline Seward.

Will moved to Albany, New York in 1857 where he was a hardware store clerk. He remained in Albany until 1859, when he moved to Washington D.C. to be his father’s private secretary. In 1860, Will established the banking house of William H. Seward & Co with Clinton D. McDougall in Auburn.

Will joined the 138th New York Infantry (later renamed the 9th New York Heavy Artillery) in August 22, 1862 as a Lieutenant Colonel. In May 1864, Will was promoted to Colonel. On July 9, 1864, Will was injured at the Battle of Monocacy when he fell off his horse. Despite the injury, he remained in the army and was promoted on September 14, 1864 to Brigadier General in Martinsburg, Virginia. Will resigned from the army on June 1, 1865 and returned to Auburn where he resumed banking.

Will married Janet MacNeil Watson on June 27, 1860 in Auburn. The couple had three children, Cornelia Margaret Allen (née Seward), William Henry Seward III, and Frances Janet Messenger (née Seward). Will inherited the Seward Mansion at 33 South Street where he raised his family. On April 29, 1920, Will passed away; he is buried in Fort Hill Cemetery in Auburn.

 

 

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William H Seward Junior in the New York, Civil War Muster Roll Abstracts, 1861-1900
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Book or Book Chapter
Book or Monograph Title: 
Who's who in New York City and State
Author(s) or Editor(s): 
John William Leonard, William Frederick Mohr, Frank R. Holmes, Herman Warren Knox, 0infield Scott Downs
Publisher Name: 
L.R. Hamersly Company
Year: 
1907
Start Page: 
1168
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1168
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Website
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Title of Webpage: 
William H. Seward in the 1880 United States Federal Census
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Book or Book Chapter
Book or Monograph Title: 
America's Successful Men of Affairs: The United States at Large
Author(s) or Editor(s): 
Henry Hall
Publisher Location: 
New York
Publisher Name: 
New York Tribune
Year: 
1896
Start Page: 
699
End Page: 
699
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https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/5892332/william-henry-seward
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William Henry Seward, Jr
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https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/5892332/william-henry-seward
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William Henry Seward, Jr
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