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William Henry Seward (May 16, 1801 – October 10, 1872) was the United States Secretary of State under Abraham Lincoln. On the night of Lincoln's assassination, he survived an attempt on his life by Lewis Powell, one of the conspirators.

John Wilkes Booth, the greatest actor of his time, conspired with at least four other people to bring down the United States government by assassinating the president, vice president, and secretary of state.

A handcuffed and angry-looking Lewis Payne, also known as Lewis Powell, after his arrest as an associate of John Wilkes Booth in the Lincoln assassination plot. He attacked Secretary of State William H. Seward but did not complete the murder. 1865. (Army)