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Frederic Kimber Seward


Frederic Kimber Seward

Frederic Kimber Seward, Sr.
Seward in 1925 passport application
Born (1878-03-23)March 23, 1878
Wilmington, Delaware
Died December 7, 1943(1943-12-07) (aged 65)
New York City, New York
Cause of death
Heart failure
Parents Samuel S. Seward II
Christina Kimber

Frederic Kimber Seward, Sr. (sometimes misspelled Frederick) (March 23, 1878 – December 7, 1943) was a prominent corporate lawyer in New York City.[1] He was a passenger on the RMS Titanic, and later chaired a survivors' committee that honored the rescue ship RMS Carpathia.


Seward was born on March 23, 1878 in Museum of the American Indian starting in 1916. During World War II he served on New York City's wartime rationing board.[5]

Seward died of heart failure on December 7, 1943 in New York City.[5]

The Titanic disaster

Seward, returning from Europe on a business trip, was on board RMS Titanic when it struck an iceberg and sank on the night of April 14, 1912. At the time of impact, he was playing cards with William T. Sloper and Dorothy Gibson in the first class lounge.[7] Seward survived the sinking, escaping in lifeboat 7, the first to leave the ship.[8][9][10] Seward filed a joint lawsuit with other survivors against White Star Lines; he himself was legal counsel for another survivor, John Montgomery Smart, and worked on settling his estate.[11] He also served as the chairman of a committee to honor the bravery of Captain Arthur Rostron of RMS Carpathia and his crew.[12]


  1. ^ a b c d Frederic Kimber Seward.  
  2. ^ "John Perry Seward". Retrieved 2010-07-07. ... was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, December 20, 1868, son of Samuel S. and Chrissie (Kimber) Seward. ... 
  3. ^ Catalogue of officers and graduates.  
  4. ^ "Her Marriage to Donald W. Gardner in St. Luke's Church, Forest Hills Gardens, Oct. 31.".  
  5. ^ a b c "F. K. Seward Dead. Lawyer 40 Years".  
  6. ^ "Frederick K. Seward".  
  7. ^  
  8. ^ "Frederick K. Seward".  
  9. ^ Variously identified in documents as Frederic or Frederick
  10. ^ His obituary in the New York Times makes no reference to him surviving the sinking of the Titanic
  11. ^ "Estate of Titanic Victim Cannot Be Settled Until They Have Been Notified.".  
  12. ^ Locomotive firemen's magazine.  
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