William Seale

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William Seale
Seale in 2007
Seale in 2007
BornAugust 7, 1939
United States
DiedNovember 21, 2019(2019-11-21) (aged 80)
OccupationHistorian, author
Alma materSouthwestern University
Duke University
Notable worksThe President’s House
The White House: History of an American Idea
White House History "The Imperial Season: America's Capital in the Time of the First Ambassadors" (2013)

William Seale was an American historian and author.

He attended Southwestern University (BA 1961) and Duke University (MA 1964 and PhD 1965). He taught for several years at Lamar University, the University of Houston, the University of South Carolina, and Columbia University. From 1973 to 1974, he was curator of cultural history at the Smithsonian Institution. Since 1975 he has been an independent scholar concerned with historical writing and the restoration of historic American buildings, notably state capitols.[1]

His books include, The President’s House: A History, 2 vols. (White House Historical Association, 1986 and 2008), The White House: History of an American Idea (White House Historical Association, 2005); The Tasteful Interlude: American Interiors Through the Camera’s Eye (Praeger Publishers, 1975), Recreating the Historic House Interior (American Association for State and Local History Press, 1988), Restoration of the Kentucky Governor’s Mansion (State of Kentucky, 1984), Restoration of the Michigan Capitol, State of Michigan, Kent State University Press, 1988), with Erik Kvalsvik, Domestic Views (Abrams, 1992), and various guide books and local histories relating to architecture, such as The Virginia Governor’s Mansion (1986), with Henry-Russell Hitchcock, Temples of Democracy: The State Capitols of the USA (Harcourt 1976), and Courthouse (Bonanza, 1977), Blair House (2016) and A White House of Stone (2017)

His restoration projects include the state capitols of Michigan,[2] Ohio, Kansas, Florida, Mississippi, Alabama, and historical consultation on the capitols of Minnesota, Alaska, and New Jersey. Historic houses include Dodona Manor, the Gen. George C. Marshall House, Leesburg, Virginia; Ten Chimneys, home of Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne; Genesee Depot, Wisconsin;[3] George Eastman House, Rochester, New York;[4] Ximenez-Fatio House, St. Augustine, Florida; Old Governor's Mansion (Milledgeville, Georgia); and many others over a period of twenty-five years.

Seale was editor of White House History, the award-winning journal of the White House Historical Association.

In 2013 he served as a consultant and panelist for the Cable-Satellite Public Affairs Network (C-SPAN) production, First Ladies: Influence and Image, that would run for two seasons.First Lady - Julia Grant | C-SPAN First Ladies: Influence & Image

On November 21, 2019, he died following an illness.[5]


  1. ^ http://www.movingmonument.org/seale.html A Moving Monument
  2. ^ http://www.senate.michigan.gov/Virtualtour/from%20chamber%20to%20chicken%20coop.htm Original Senate carpet scrap found in chicken coop
  3. ^ http://www.tenchimneys.org/guest-book/ Ten Chimneys Who's Who
  4. ^ https://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9C0CE0D9143CF93BA25750C0A966958260 Splendor restored at Eastman House
  5. ^ "William Seale - In Memoriam 1939–2019". WHHA (en-US).

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