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William W. Seaton

William W. Seaton
Artist
Alexander Gardner, 17 Oct 1821 - 10 Dec 1882
Sitter
William Winston Seaton, 11 Jan 1785 - 16 Jun 1866
Date
c. 1865
Type
Photograph
Medium
Albumen silver print
Dimensions
Image/Sheet: 46.6 x 37.4 cm (18 3/8 x 14 3/4")
Mount: 58.8 x 47.8 cm (23 1/8 x 18 13/16")
Topic
Interior
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Seating\Chair
Printed Material\Book
William Winston Seaton: Male
William Winston Seaton: Communications\Journalist\Editor\Newspaper editor
William Winston Seaton: Communications\Journalist\Reporter
William Winston Seaton: Military and Intelligence\Militia\Officer
William Winston Seaton: Politics and Government\Public Official\Mayor\Washington, DC
William Winston Seaton: Education and Scholarship\Administrator\Smithsonian Institution\Treasurer
Portrait
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Francis A. DiMauro
Restrictions & Rights
CC0
Object number
NPG.2007.311
Exhibition Label
A fixture in political Washington, William Winston Seaton partnered with his brother-in-law, Joseph Gales, to edit and publish the National Intelligencer, the leading paper for the Whig Party. Seaton retired from the paper in 1860. The duo were also the de facto official recorders of congressional debates; their Annals of Congress (known familiarly to historians as “Gales and Seaton”) was a record of the national government to 1837. Seaton also served in the local government and was the city’s mayor from 1840 to 1850, a critical period in the growth of Washington’s infrastructure.
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery