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SEWARD, Olive Risley: Statue in Washington, D.C.
by John Cavanaugh

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William Henry Seward, Sr. (May 16, 1801 – October 10, 1872) was a Governor of New York, United States Senator and the United States Secretary of State under Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson. As Secretary of State, he argued that the United States must move westward. He fought for the U.S. purchase of Alaska, which he finally negotiated to acquire from Russia for $7,200,000 for 586,412 square miles (1,518,800 km˛) of territory (more than twice the size of Texas), on March 30, 1867. This translated into approximately 2 cents per acre. The purchase of this frontier land was alternately mocked as "Seward's Folly", "Seward's Icebox", and Andrew Johnson's "polar bear garden," by the public. Currently, Alaska celebrates the purchase on Seward's Day, the last Monday of March. Source: Wikipedia




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OLIVE RISLEY SEWARD
1841 - 1908
SCULPTOR JOHN CAVANAUGH

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James M. Goode's
'Outdoor Sculpture' (paperback p85 Item #A-36)
(He excluded it from 'Washington Sculpture')

Medium: Lead
Artist: John Cavanaugh
Related subjects: Women
Location: Pennsylvania & North Carolina Aves SE (Penn & NC Aves, C & 4th - 6th Sts SE come together here) Washington, D.C.

Nearest Metro: Eastern Market (Orange - Blue - Silver) (click station name for all sculptures nearby)
Smithsonian American Art Museum's Art Inventories Catalog: Control number 76005433 (dcMem ID #212 )

Goode's "Outdoor Sculpture" has this as one of its 327 entries but it isn't one of the 503 entries in "Washington Sculpture." The statue was still there in 2006.


Links & other sources
'Who is That Man Anyway?' on Seward (128)
Wikipedia article on Seward

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