Walter Stahr (author of The New York Times best-seller Seward: Lincoln’s Indispensable Man) discussed President Lincoln’s Secretary of State, William H. Seward.
Stahr was born in Cambridge, Mass., grew up in Arcadia, Calif., and went to high school at the Phillips Exeter Academy. He completed his undergraduate study at Stanford University, and then attended Harvard Law School, where he studied law and public policy. Upon graduation from Harvard, Stahr joined the Washington office of an international law firm. After, he joined the Securities & Exchange Commission, working for several years in the chairman’s office. Then in 1995, he was hired by Fidelity Investments as their first internal lawyer based in Hong Kong. Stahr returned to Washington in 1999 and joined the Emerging Markets Partnership as an internal lawyer focused on Asia, eventually rising to general counsel of EMP Global, as the firm is now known. Currently, Stahr has primarily retired from legal work and is focused on research and writing.
Stahr’s first book, on John Jay, was published in 2005; his second book, on Seward, in 2012. He is currently working on his third book (expected to be published in 2016): a biography of Edwin McMasters Stanton, the great secretary of war.
This is the final event in the William H. Seward Lecture Series for the spring 2014 semester.
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