Q. Who was Secretary of State when Alaska was purchased from Russia?
A. I’m really sorry, but I don’t know exactly who sent this in, so I can’t call you by name, but I can definitely answer the question. Alaska was purchased from Russia on March 30, 1867 by an agreement signed between William H. Seward, the U. S. Secretary of State, and Baron Edouard Stoeckl the Russian Minister to the United States. Andrew Johnson was president at the time. The purchase price was $7.2 million, but that bought 586,000 square miles! It was a wonderful purchase indeed. I can’t help but believe that Russia has had occasion to ‘rue the day’ many times since. Alaska was first referred to as ‘Seward’s Folly’ as many thought it a stupid purchase. Well, Mr. Seward has been vindicated many times over! Take care, -BJ