Fred Andrew Seaton

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Fred A. Seaton
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36th United States Secretary of the Interior
In office
June 8, 1956 – January 20, 1961
PresidentDwight D. Eisenhower
Preceded byDouglas McKay
Succeeded byStewart L. Udall
United States Senator
from Nebraska
In office
December 10, 1951 – November 4, 1952
Preceded byKenneth S. Wherry
Succeeded byDwight P. Griswold
Personal details
Born(1909-12-11)December 11, 1909
DiedJanuary 16, 1974(1974-01-16) (aged 64)
Political partyRepublican
 
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Fred A. Seaton
Seaton.gif
36th United States Secretary of the Interior
In office
June 8, 1956 – January 20, 1961
PresidentDwight D. Eisenhower
Preceded byDouglas McKay
Succeeded byStewart L. Udall
United States Senator
from Nebraska
In office
December 10, 1951 – November 4, 1952
Preceded byKenneth S. Wherry
Succeeded byDwight P. Griswold
Personal details
Born(1909-12-11)December 11, 1909
DiedJanuary 16, 1974(1974-01-16) (aged 64)
Political partyRepublican

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 Eisenhower's administration.

Early life and politics[edit]

Seaton was born in Washington, D.C., 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 the publisher of Hastings Tribune for many years.

Seaton was active in Republican politics. He served in the Nebraska Legislature 1945-1949. He was appointed by the U.S. Senate on December 10, 1951, by the Nebraska Governor Val Peterson. He filled the vacancy created by the death of Kenneth S. Wherry. He served that office until November 4, 1952.

Seaton served in the various White House and subcabinet posts in the 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 the Governor of Nebraska in 1962. He was defeated by the incumbent Governor Frank B. Morrison (Olson, p. 335). Following his defeat, Seaton became a strong advocate for campaign finance reform in that state.

Seaton died in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on January 16, 1974, and is interred in Parkview Cemetery in Hastings, Nebraska.

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 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

United States Senate
Preceded by
Kenneth S. Wherry
United States Senator from Nebraska
December 10, 1951–November 4, 1952
Succeeded by
Dwight P. Griswold
Political offices
Preceded by
Douglas McKay
U.S. Secretary of the Interior
Served under: Dwight D. Eisenhower

June 8, 1956–January 20, 1961
Succeeded by
Stewart L. Udall