The signing of the Alaska Treaty of Cessation on March 30, 1867. L-R: Robert S. Chew, William H. Seward, William Hunter, Mr. Bodisco, Eduard de Stoeckl, Charles Sumner and Frederick W. Seward. He insisted that by doing so, Russia would avoid any future conflict with the United States, viewing further U.S. expansion in North America as inevitable.
1867~ William Henry Seward, Secretary of State and one of the targets of the Lincoln Assassination Conspiracy. He had been severely wounded in a knife attack by one of the conspirators. He played a major role in the ALASKA PURCHASE in 1868. Most reaction was favorable but some thought he was foolish and termed the purchase, "Seward's Folly"..guess the last laugh is on them!!!