Utica City Historian Lou Parrotta will present "Horatio Seymour: Utican on the National Stage" at the Oneida County Historical Society, 1608 Genesee St., Utica, on Saturday. Parrotta’s program starts at 1 p.m. in the society’s main exhibit gallery.
Admission is $2 or free for OCHS members and children ages 5 and under.
Society officials said that according to the Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition (2012), Horatio Seymour (1810-1886) studied law in Utica and was admitted to the bar in 1832. A Democrat, he was military secretary to Gov. William L. Marcy (1833-39), was thrice elected to the New York state assembly (1841, 1844, 1845), and was chosen mayor of Utica in 1842. He was elected governor of New York State in 1852 and was the Democratic presidential candidate in 1868. After his defeat by Ulysses S. Grant he assumed the role of elder statesman in his party.
In 1876 he was one of the founders of the Oneida Historical Society at Utica and served as its first president. Parrotta will discuss Seymour’s influence on national politics and on the development of the United States in the post-Civil War era of Reconstruction during his talk.
The Oneida County Historical Society is a private 501(c)(3) not-for-profit educational institution dedicated to preserving the history and promoting the culture of the Greater Mohawk Valley.
Call 735-3642 or visit the OCHS website www.oneidacountyhistory.org or Facebook.com for information.