William Henry Seward was an outspoken abolitionist as Secretary of State under President Lincoln during the Civil War, so much that Lincoln’s assassins also tried to kill Seward that same evening.
However, he went on to serve as Secretary of State under Andrew Johnson, assisting in the reconstruction of the South after the Civil War.
And it was Seward who was largely responsible for the acquiring of the Alaska territory in 1867, a purchase unjustifiably ridiculed as, “Seward’s Folly!”
William Henry Seward was a man who publicly recognized the impact and influence of the Bible.
In 1839, when he was serving as Governor of New York, he said: “I do, in my conscience, believe that if at every decade of years a copy of the Bible could be found in every family in the land its [republican] institutions would be perpetuated.”