Probably every eighth-grader in the state knows who William Henry Seward is and how this former presidential candidate is involved with Alaska's history. However, in his own time, the 1867 purchase of Alaska from the Russians for which he was responsible was often discounted as an achievement. Many, in fact, considered the new territory an embarrassment. This fact can be seen in contemporaneous sources, including the substantial biographical article written by Henry Cabot Lodge and published in Harper's Weekly in May 1884. (The article is now part of the "Cornell Making of America" collection at the Cornell University Library.)
Juneau Empire ©2013. All Rights Reserved.