Lincoln Selects Seward for State Department

Saturday, December 8, 1860

President-elect Lincoln sends note to Vice President-Elect Hamlin to give to New York Senator William H. Seward:

William H. Seward

“With your permission, I shall, at the proper time, nominate you to the Senate, for confirmation, as Secretary of State, for the United States. Ironically, Seward’s past strong statements regarding slavery had undermined his bid to get the Republican presidential nomination. Now, he was beginning to move away from the party by advocating compromise.

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