University of Alaska-Anchorage: Edwin Stanton – Lincoln’s War Secretary

University of Alaska-Anchorage: “Edwin Stanton: Lincoln’s War Secretary”


On February 3, 2022, Walter Stahr will be speaking for a JMC-sponsored virtual lecture on Edwin Stanton, Civil War war secretary.

Walter Stahr will talk on the subject of his biography, Edwin Stanton, who served as secretary of war for Lincoln during the Civil War. In the words of one who knew him well, Stanton was “honest, patriotic, able, indefatigable, warm-hearted, unselfish, incorruptible, arbitrary, capricious, tyrannical, vindictive, hateful, and cruel.” Stahr will discuss Stanton’s life, his relations with Lincoln, and his role in winning the Civil War.

Thursday, February 3, 2022 • 7:30 PM AKST
A virtual lecture

Free and open to the public

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Walter Stahr is a graduate of Harvard Law School and practiced law for twenty years, both in private practice and government posts, in the United States and in Asia. He then turned to writing biographies. His accounts of the lives of American statesmen John Jay, William Henry Seward, and Edwin Stanton have been bestsellers and prize-winners. His new biography of the anti-slavery agitator, treasury secretary, and chief justice, Salmon P. Chase: Lincoln’s Vital Rival will be published by Simon and Schuster on February 22.

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The William H. Seward Lecture Series, founded by Professor Guy F. Burnett in 2013, is organized by the Department of Political Science at the University of Alaska Anchorage. It is named after William H. Seward, Secretary of State under U.S. Presidents Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson, who arranged to purchase the territory of Alaska. Lectures, which feature topics in political history and current events in the United States and Alaska, are free and open to members of the general public. Staffing is provided by Kathleen L. Behnke in the Dean’s Office of the College of Arts and Sciences.

The Department of Political Science gratefully acknowledges the co-sponsorship of Pi Sigma Alpha and the assistance of the Union League of Anchorage, which made this lecture possible, thanks to support from the Jack Miller Center for Teaching America’s Founding Principles and History through a grant from the M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust, and our students in the UAA Political Science Association, who help to organize the lectures.

We are particularly grateful for support from our loyal lecture audience. For information about how to support this year’s William H. Seward Lecture Series, please contact Professor James W. Muller,, or any faculty member in the Department of Political Science at the University of Alaska Anchorage.

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This event is supported by Jack Miller Center’s Pacific Northwest Initiative: Advancing Education in America’s Founding Principles and History. Thanks to the generous grant from MJ Murdock Charitable Trust, JMC is working with faculty to organize exciting campus events in the region. The Initiative also provides programs, conferences and other opportunities for professors in the PNW—all to help them make a difference in the education of their students.



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