Olive Risley Seward


Olive Risley Seward
Olive Risley Seward, age 25

Olive Risley Seward (July 15, 1844 – November 27, 1908) was the adopted daughter of William Henry Seward, United States Secretary of State under Presidents Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson.

Contents

Life and career

Olive F. Risley, was born in Fredonia, New York, daughter of the former Harriet C. Crosby and Anson A. Risley, a prominent civil servant who later worked for the Secretary of the Treasury and resided in Washington, D.C.. She became a close companion of William Henry Seward's in the last years of his life, beginning about 1868, following by a few years the deaths of Seward's wife Frances Adeline Miller Seward and daughter Frances Adeline "Fanny" Seward, and shortly after the death of her own mother (in 1866). In order to curtail gossip and family worries about their relationship, Olive was formally adopted by Seward in 1870. She also, in company with her sister Harriet Risley, traveled extensively with Seward through Asia, the Middle East and Europe in 1870-1871, an experience recorded in the book William H. Seward's Travels Around the World, published in 1873, a best-selling work of its day for which Olive Risley Seward was credited as editor. She and Seward's three surviving sons were named joint heirs of the Seward estate.

Memorial

Sculpture of Olive Risley Seward adjacent to Seward Square as seen from the southeast corner of 6th Street and North Carolina Avenue.

In 1971, sculptor John Cavanaugh chose to create a statue honoring her rather than her accomplished father. A picture of her was not found at the time, so Cavanaugh sculpted his idea of an idealized Victorian lady instead. The statue stands in front of a private residence on North Carolina Avenue and Sixth Street, SE in Washington, D.C.. The subject's head is turned to the left as if gazing toward the nearby Seward Square, named for her adoptive father. Olive died in Washington, D.C., and is buried in Fredonia, NY with her parents.

References

  • James M. Goode, The Outdoor Sculpture of Washington, D.C. A comprehensive historical guide [1st ed.] Washington, Smithsonian Institution Press [distributed by G. Braziller] 1974. 615 p. illus. 29 cm. ISBN 0-87474-138-6 (hardcover), ISBN 0-87474-149-1 (pbk.)
  • John M. Taylor, William Henry Seward, Lincoln's Right Hand, Harper Collins, 1991. 340 p. illus. 24 cm. ISBN 0-06016-307-0
  • William H. Seward's travels around the world, with two hundred illustrations, edited by Olive Risley Seward, New York, D. Appleton and company, 1873.

External links


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Olive Risley Seward (Cavanaugh) — Olive Risley Seward Artist John Cavanaugh Year 1971 Type Lead Dimensions 180 cm × 61 cm × 69 cm (72 in × 24 in × 27 in) …   Wikipedia

  • Seward — is the name of a number of people and places:PeopleFamily name* Adam Seward (born 1982), National Football League player * Albert Charles Seward (1863 1941), British botanist and geologist, winner of the 1934 Darwin Medal * Anna Seward (1747… …   Wikipedia

  • William H. Seward — This article is about the Governor of New York. For his son, the Civil War Brigadier General, see William H. Seward, Jr.. The Honorable William Henry Seward 24th United States Secretary of State …   Wikipedia

  • Frances Adeline Seward — Frances Adeline Miller Seward (1805 – June 21, 1865) was born in 1805, the daughter of Judge Elijah Miller and Hannah Foote Miller. She married New York attorney William Henry Seward on October 20, 1824 after meeting through his sister, a… …   Wikipedia

  • Сьюард — (англ. Seward) англоязычная фамилия и топоним. Содержание 1 Персоналии 1.1 По имени 1.2 Вымышленные …   Википедия

  • Outdoor sculpture in Washington, D.C. — The bronze statue of George Henry Thomas is considered one of the finest equestrian monuments in Washington, D.C.[1] There are many outdoor sculptures in Washington, D.C. In addition to the capital s most famous monuments and mem …   Wikipedia


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.