The Life of William H. Seward - Vol. 1

The Life of William H. Seward - Vol. 1

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The Life of William H. Seward - Vol. 1

The Life of William H. Seward - Vol. 1

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VOLTAIRE has said that he who serves his country well has no need of ancestors. However, there can be no serious objection to them if they be sober-minded and do not embarrass their offspring. So far as is known, there was nothing in the lives of William H. Seward's ancestors that calls for either boasting or concealment. They came of good, plain stock, and stood well in the communities in which they lived. Grandfather John Seward was supposed to be of Welsh descent. He lived in Morris county, New Jersey, was a colonel in the Revolutionary army, and died in 1799. His wife was described by her famous grandson, more than half a century later, as a highly intellectual woman, pious as well as patriotic, although many of her relatives had adhered to the British cause. About all that is known of the maternal grandfather, Isaac Jennings, is that "he was of English derivation, a well-to-do farmer, who turned out with the militia of Goshen," New York. His wife, Margaret Jackson, was of Irish origin, but was remembered chiefly on account of her hatred of Catholicism.

Seward's father, Samuel S. Seward, was a physician . . .

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