This post was written by Heather Mulliner, spring semester intern in the Department of Manuscripts.
A career in politics seemed all but inevitable for George Frederick Seward, the nephew of Lincoln’s famed Secretary of State (and one-time Presidential rival) William Henry Seward. But like his better-known uncle – whose vocal opposition to slavery cost him the Presidential nomination – George Frederick Seward’s political ambitions were thwarted by his stand on a controversial issue.
G.F. Seward’s career as...Read More
If not quite a household name, George Templeton Strong enjoys a certain notoriety among historians as a pungent observer of 19th century New York. His 2250-page diary, held by the New-York Historical Society, has been described as "the greatest of American diaries, and one of the world's great diaries," and has been cited or quoted in countless works of history. "As a chronicler of contemporary events," commented one reviewer, "Strong was to nineteenth century New...Read More
Visitors to the New-York Historical Society (as well as many copy editors and printers throughout the ages) have often wondered why the title of our institution includes a hyphen between the “New” and “York”. The answer is simple; when the New-York Historical Society was founded in 1804, New York was generally written as “New-York.” This practice was adhered to in books and newspaper titles and often applied to the spelling of other states such as...Read More
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