Fred Andrew Seaton
|Fred A. Seaton|
|36th United States Secretary of the Interior|
June 8, 1956 – January 20, 1961
|President||Dwight D. Eisenhower|
|Preceded by||Douglas McKay|
|Succeeded by||Stewart L. Udall|
|United States Senator
December 10, 1951 – November 4, 1952
|Preceded by||Kenneth S. Wherry|
|Succeeded by||Dwight P. Griswold|
|Born||December 11, 1909|
|Died||January 16, 1974(aged 64)|
Frederick Andrew "Fred" Seaton (December 11, 1909 – January 16, 1974) was an American newspaperman and politician. He represented Nebraska in the U.S. Senate and served as United States Secretary of the Interior during Dwight Eisenhower's administration.
Early life and politics
Seaton was born in Washington, D.C., the son of Dorothea Elizabeth (née Schmidt) and Fay Noble Seaton. He attended the Manhattan High School in Manhattan, Kansas. He graduated from Kansas State University in 1931, and married Gladys Hope Dowd (November 5, 1910 - January 5, 1999), in the same year. They had four children: Donald Richard, Alfred Noble, Johanna Christine and Monica Margaret Seaton. In 1937, Seaton moved to Hastings, Nebraska, where he was the publisher of Hastings Tribune for many years.
Seaton was active in Republican politics. He served in the Nebraska Legislature 1945-1949. He was appointed by the U.S. Senate on December 10, 1951, by the Nebraska Governor Val Peterson. He filled the vacancy created by the death of Kenneth S. Wherry. He served that office until November 4, 1952.
Seaton served in the various White House and subcabinet posts in the Eisenhower's administration before he was appointed the Secretary of the Interior. He served that in office from June 8, 1956 until January 20, 1961. During his tenure, Alaska and Hawaii became the 49th and 50th states admitted to the Union. He ran for the Governor of Nebraska in 1962. He was defeated by the incumbent Governor Frank B. Morrison (Olson, p. 335). Following his defeat, Seaton became a strong advocate for campaign finance reform in that state.
- "Seaton, Fred(erick) A(ndrew)" in Current Biography 1956.
- James C. Olson, History of Nebraska, Second Edition. (Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, 1966).
- Papers of Fred A. Seaton, Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library
- Congressional biography
- "Fred Seaton" biography at Kansas State Historical Society Website
- A film clip "Longines Chronoscope with Sen. Fred A. Seaton (April 25, 1952)" is available for free download at the Internet Archive [more]
- Fred Andrew Seaton at Find a Grave
This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
|United States Senate|
Kenneth S. Wherry
|United States Senator from Nebraska
December 10, 1951–November 4, 1952
Dwight P. Griswold
|U.S. Secretary of the Interior
Served under: Dwight D. Eisenhower
June 8, 1956–January 20, 1961
Stewart L. Udall