William Henry Seaman
Born in New Berlin, Wisconsin, Seaman was a Sergeant in the United States Army during the American Civil War, from 1861 to 1864. He was a Chief clerk, Quartermaster Department, U.S. Army from 1864 to 1866. After the war, he read law to enter the bar in 1868. He was in private practice in Sheboygan, Wisconsin from 1868 to 1893. He also served as an alderman and as mayor of Sheboygan.
On March 27, 1893, Seaman was nominated by President Grover Cleveland to the seat on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin vacated by James Graham Jenkins. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on April 3, 1893, and received his commission the same day.
On February 25, 1905, President Theodore Roosevelt nominated Seaman for the seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit vacated by James Graham Jenkins. Seaman was confirmed by the United States Senate on March 1, 1905, and received his commission the same day. Seaman served in that capacity until his death, in 1915, in Coronado, California.