Tag: Secretary of State

William Marcy

William L. Marcy, Architect of American Political Patronage

William L. Marcy (1786-1857) WHO SHE WAS: William Learned Marcy was an influential American statesman who served as a U.S. Senator, the Governor of New York, U.S. Secretary of War, and U.S. Secretary of State. His career spanned several pivotal periods in early U.S. history, during which he was known for his practical politics and

William H. Seward

William Howard Seward

William H. Seward (1801-1872) WHO S/HE WAS: William H. Seward was a statesman and politician who served as Secretary of State under Presidents Lincoln and Johnson. His tenure saw the acquisition of Alaska from Russia and diplomatic efforts to prevent European intervention during the American Civil War. WHAT S/HE SAID: Arguing that California be admitted