Our class is doing a little project where we have to research someone in the Civil War & I got assigned to research William Seward. I can only find that he bought Alaska from Russia. I need a little bit more on that. I need to know HOW and WHY he was important in the Civil War. Thanks in advance My teachers have already given me a textbook. This is the information it says about William Seward: "Seward, William H. (1801-1872) American politician, who as Secretary of State was laughed at for "Seward's Folly," the purchase of Alaska from Russia for less than two cents an acre, which added approximately 600,000 miles of land to the United States. " There is nothing else. I can't go to a library. I only have the internet, but I need something more than what my textbook provides. Forgive me if I sound like a stupid girl who doesn't want to do her homework. Technically, this isn't even a project, or a class grade, hehe. I just need any information on why he was important in the Civil War. The textbook I'm using is called "United States History: Independence to 1914" from Holt (8th grade), I just need any help understand why this man was important. Please help. @Erinys, Please forgive me if I sound like a stuck up 14 y/o snob that can't surf the internet. The social studies teacher I am working with for Pentathlon is not my regular social studies teacher and we all have the same textbook. I went to this website to look for information but it is difficult for me to find out why Seward was important in this war. Once again, forgive me for my rudeness, I do not know what has gotten into me . Or maybe I just wrote snobby-like because the teachers are cramming all this work on the last week of the second trhymester and it seems like we have no time to do anything at all. Sorry x7. Also my library is a small room behind the locker rooms and they have the same textbooks I already have. And we only have 2 librarians. And my teachers are nice. :-D. Well, I have your answer. William Henry Seward was born in Florida, New York. He was admitted to the Bar (recognized as a lawyer) in Utica, 1822. He was elected to the Senate (1830) and became Governor of New York (1838). During the mid 1800's he came to be outspoken in terms of the antislavery cause and a prominent member of the Republican Party. Democrats held Seward responsible for John Brown's Harper's Ferry Raid as Seward had made a speech known as his 'irrepressable conflict' oratory just before this raid took place. Seward served as Secretary of State under Lincoln. This brought him to the fore in terms of international issues which included the purchase of Alaska from Russia. Democrats called this purchase "Seward's Folly".
William Seward was one of the most important Americans of the nineteenth century: Progressive governor of New York, U. S. Senator, 1860 Republican nominee for. . .