Fred Andrew Seaton
|Fred Andrew 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 Udall|
|United States Senator
December 10, 1951 – November 4, 1952
|Preceded by||Kenneth S. Wherry|
|Succeeded by||Dwight Griswold|
December 11, 1909|
|Died||January 16, 1974
|Alma mater||Kansas State University|
Life and politics
Seaton was born in Washington, D.C., but grew up and attended high school in Manhattan, Kansas. He graduated from Kansas State University in 1931, and in 1937 moved to Hastings, Nebraska, where he was publisher of the Daily Tribune for many years.
Seaton was active in Republican politics. He served in the Nebraska Legislature 1945-1949. He was appointed to the United States Senate in December 1951 by Nebraska Governor Val Peterson to fill the vacancy created by the death of Kenneth S. Wherry. He served until November 4, 1952.
Seaton served in various White House and subcabinet posts in the Eisenhower administration before he was appointed United States Secretary of the Interior. He served in that office from 1956-1961. During his tenure, Alaska and Hawaii became the 49th and 50th states admitted to the Union.
Seaton ran for governor of Nebraska in 1962. He was defeated by 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
|U.S. Secretary of the Interior
Served under: Dwight D. Eisenhower