In advance of Founders Day, one of Union's most distinguished alumni, William Henry Seward, was featured on the front page of the Times Union.
A member of the Class of 1820, Seward is best known as Abraham Lincoln’s Secretary of State, helping to write and sign the Emancipation Proclamation. He was also governor of New York, a state and U.S. senator, and presidential candidate running against Lincoln in 1860. Seward engineered the $7.2 million U.S. purchase of Alaska from Russia in 1867.
A memorial noting some of Seward's accomplishments, a gift from the Class of 2000, rests on Seward Place and includes his quote foretelling of the Civil War: "It is an irrepressible conflict between opposing and enduring forces..."
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The article was also picked up by the Associated Press and appeared in other outlets, including the San Francisco Chronicle.