William H. Seward House

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Seward House Museum
William H. Seward House Auburn.jpg
William H. Seward House is located in New York
William H. Seward House
Location 33 South St., Auburn, NY
Coordinates 42°55′32.85″N 76°33′58.91″W / 42.9257917°N 76.5663639°W / 42.9257917; -76.5663639Coordinates: 42°55′32.85″N 76°33′58.91″W / 42.9257917°N 76.5663639°W / 42.9257917; -76.5663639
Built 1816–1817
Governing body private
NRHP Reference # 66000504
Significant dates
Added to NRHP October 15, 1966[1]
Designated NHL January 29, 1964[2]

The William H. Seward House Museum, located at 33 South Street between Lincoln and William Streets in Auburn, New York, was the home of William H. Seward, who served as a New York state senator, the governor of New York, a U.S. senator, a presidential candidate, and then Secretary of State under presidents Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson. Among other notable accomplishments, Seward negotiated the 1867 purchase from Russia of Alaska, which became known as "Seward's Folly". Although he spent many years in Albany and Washington, D.C., he called this house his home from the time of his marriage in 1824 until his death.

The house was originally built by his father-in-law, Judge Elijah Miller, in 1816, then substantially modified by the Sewards in 1840 and 1866 to accommodate the diplomatic entertainments expected of his offices. The original 10-room brick house was expanded to over 30 rooms, and was occupied by blood relatives until 1951. The entire house remains furnished with extensive Seward-family collections.

The house was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1964.[2][3]


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  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23. 
  2. ^ a b "Seward House Museum". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. 2007-09-11. 
  3. ^ Richard Greenwood (January 17, 1976). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: William Seward House" (pdf). National Park Service.  and Accompanying photos, exterior, from 1975. PDF (642 KB)

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