Sept. 16-22: Murder, Music And Lincoln's Trusted Rival By editor • Sep 16, 2013 TweetShareGoogle+Email President Lincoln appointed William Henry Seward secretary of state in 1861. He served until 1869. Henry Guttmann / Getty Images Originally published on September 18, 2013 1:15 pm * Some of the language in the summaries above has been provided by publishers.Copyright 2013 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. TweetShareGoogle+EmailView the discussion thread.