Walter Stahr: Neilly Series Lecture


Walter Stahr: Neilly Series Lecture






"Seward: Lincoln's Indispensable Man": The first Neilly Series Lecture in 2014 will be presented by Walter Stahr, a highly acclaimed biographer whose latest book, Seward: Lincoln's Indispensable Man, is the first full biography of Seward's life to be published in more than 40 years.

As Secretary of State under President Abraham Lincoln, William Henry Seward served as Lincoln’s closest advisor and friend. He was an early advocate for the rights of African Americans and women, and is considered one of the most influential Americans of the Civil War era.

This lecture is especially relevant for the University of Rochester, as the River Campus Libraries’ Rare Books and Special Collections Department owns an extensive collection of materials related to Seward and his family.

Mr. Stahr will be introduced by Dr. Thomas Slaughter, Arthur R. Miller Professor of History. Dr. Slaughter is collaborating with the River Campus Libraries to teach a course in which students transcribe and digitize the William Henry Seward archival collection, with a focus on family papers.




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