Lecture: Could the Civil War Have Been Prevented? The remarkable story of William Henry Seward's effort to avert war
From March 06, 2014 7:00 pm until March 06, 2014 8:30 pm
Larry Denton, Author
- Address the period before and after election of Abraham Lincoln as Deep South moves toward secession.
- Disscuss immersion of President James Buchanan and President-elect Lincoln in respective political duties
- Disscuss how Lincoln was inexperienced at national political level, knew few key players and lacked information from Washington
- Introduce William Henry Seward with emphasis on influence and power in Washington and connection to national leadership
- Introduce plan developed by Seward to divide the South by offering a compromise to upper South Unionists
- Speculate on possible outcomes if Seward had been elected President
- Descendant of several Maryland families that pre-date the Revolutionary War
- Denton/Lusby families included several men who fought in the Army of Northern Virginia
- Great grandfather, William Bayne, Jr. of 7th Maryland Infantry present at Appomattox
- Towson High School, Western Maryland College, Masters from the Johns Hopkins University
- 1974-1978 Director of Academic Services (Dean of Admission) at the Johns Hopkins University
- Led effort to establish "merit scholarships"
- 1978 Presidential Appointment as Special Assistant to the Associate Administrator of NOAA
- Helped NOAA establish Office of University Affairs collocating NOAA facilities on university campuses
- Senior consultant to major firms involved in environmental science
- 1993-2004 represented Weather Chanel where instrumental in production of "Forecast Earth"
- Author of "A Southern Star for Maryland: Maryland and the Secession Crisis" (1995)
- Author of "William Henry Seward and the Secession Crisis: The Effort to Prevent Civil War (2009)
- Retired and living in Oxford Maryland