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Frederick Andrew Seaton

Also Known As: "Fred"
Birthplace: Washington, District of Columbia, United States
Death: January 16, 1974 (64)
Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States
Place of Burial: Hastings, Adams County, Nebraska, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Noble Fay Seaton and Dorothea Elizabeth Seaton
Husband of Gladys Hope (Dowd) Seaton
Father of Margaret E. Seaton; Private; Private; Private and Private
Brother of Private

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About Fred Andrew Seaton, U.S. Senator & Secretary of the Interior

"Fred A. Seaton

Frederick Andrew "Fred" Seaton (December 11, 1909 – January 16, 1974) was an American newspaperman and politician. He represented Nebraska in the U.S. Senate and served as United States Secretary of the Interior during Dwight D. Eisenhower's administration.

Early life and politics

eaton was born in Washington, D.C. on December 11, 1909, the son of Dorothea Elizabeth (née Schmidt) and Fay Noble Seaton. He attended the Manhattan High School in Manhattan, Kansas. He graduated from Kansas State University in 1931, and married Gladys Hope Dowd (November 5, 1910–January 5, 1999) in the same year. They had four children: Donald Richard, Alfred Noble, Johanna Christine, and Monica Margaret Seaton. In 1937, Seaton moved to Hastings, Nebraska, where he was for many years the publisher of the Hastings Tribune. Seaton was active in Republican politics. He served in the unicameral Nebraska Legislature from 1945 to 1949. He was appointed to the U.S. Senate on December 10, 1951, by the Nebraska Governor Val Peterson to fill the vacancy created by the death of Kenneth S. Wherry. A Rockefeller Republican,[citation needed] Seaton was senator for less than a year; he had to vacate the post on November 4, 1952, with the election of Dwight Griswold. Seaton served in various White House and subcabinet posts in Eisenhower's administration before he was appointed the Secretary of the Interior. He served that in office from June 8, 1956 until January 20, 1961. During his tenure, Alaska and Hawaii became the 49th and 50th states admitted to the Union. He ran for governor of Nebraska in 1962 but was defeated by the incumbent Democrat Frank B. Morrison (Olson, p. 335). Following his defeat, Seaton became a strong advocate for campaign finance reform in Nebraska. Seaton died in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on January 16, 1974, and is interred in Parkview Cemetery in Hastings, Nebraska."



Lawrence Daily Journal-World Vol. 98, No. 128 Lawrence, Kansas, Tuesday Evening, May 29, 1956 Front page

Seaton Is Rated As Ace Trouble Shooter

[Genealogical information: 5'7" tall, 162 lbs., brown thinning hair that is graying at the temples. warm smile. Met Gladys Hope Dowd at Kansas State College. Married in 1931. Four adopted children: Two American born, one French born, and one German born.]



Watertown Daily Times Watertown, N.Y. Wednesday, September 9, 1970 p. 2

Ex-Secretary of Interior's Ties With North Uncovered

Discovery of a former secretary of the interior's ties with the north country has resulted in a valuable gift to the Flower Memorial Library. Frederick Andrew Seaton, who served in the Eisenhower administration from 1956 to 1961, is a grandson of Oren Andrew Seaton, a native of Burrville who moved west after serving in the Civil War, it has been learned. It was a statement by Frederick Seaton's brother, Richard M. Seaton of Coffeyville, Kan., that their grandfather was born in Burrville which started the quest for local information about the Seaton family. Mrs. Keith E. Stanton, local genealogist, tried to check on the Oren Seaton connection with Burrville. Her search of early census records, wills, cemetery records, and old maps failed to show any Seatons in Burrville. Some deeds and one census record showed some Seatons in Henderson and Ellisburg. Later, Mrs. Stanton found in the Syracuse Library a volume printed in 1906, "The Seaton Family," in which the connections in Jefferson County could be traced. It is a copy of this book which Richard Seaton has sent as a gift for the local library. The author of the volume was Oren Andrew Seaton who was born in Burrville, Aug. 11, 1847, the first child of Andrew Pennell and Laura Ann Ferguson Seaton. The family moved soon after to Henderson where Oren spent his youth. He attended Belleville Union Academy. In the late 1860s he went to the midwest and finally settled in Kansas. Oren Seaton and his wife, Sadie Elizabeth Bartley, had five children . The second child and first son was born at St. Joseph, Ill., at the home of his grandfather Bartley, March 16, 1882. His mother chose the name Noble for him and his father favored Fay, by which he was best known most of his life. Richard and Frederick are sons of Noble Fay and Dorothea Elizabeth Schmidt Seaton Fay Seaton and his sons were all involved in the newspaper publishing field in Nebraska, Kansas and South Dakota. Richard is editor and publisher of the Coffeyville Journal. Frederick has been a publisher, radio and television executive in Hastings, Neb., as well as having an active political career. The first connection in Jefferson County of Oren Seaton's ancestors seems to be when his great-grandfather, Asa Seaton, who was born in Virginia about 1758 and married in Connecticut came to Ellisville" about 1814 or 1815 and purchased 600 acres in the Town of Ellisburg. His son, Leonard, was the father of Andrew Pennell Seaton.





Frederick Andrew Seaton

Birth: Dec. 11, 1909 Death: Jan. 16, 1974

Member of President Eisenhower's Cabinet (Secretary of the Interior, 1956-1961). Owner/publisher of the Hastings Tribune, Hastings, Nebraska. Member of Nebraska legislature, 1945-1949; U.S. Senator from Nebraska, 1951-52. Recipient of the Medal of Freedom.

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 Gladys Seaton (1910 - 1999)*

 Johanna Christine Seaton (1936 - 1936)*
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Burial: Parkview Cemetery Hastings Adams County Nebraska, USA

Maintained by: Find A Grave Record added: Sep 19, 2000 Find A Grave Memorial# 12619



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Fred Andrew Seaton, U.S. Senator & Secretary of the Interior's Timeline

December 11, 1909
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
July 17, 1936
January 16, 1974
Age 64
Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States
Hastings, Adams County, Nebraska, United States