After much diplomatic and public debate, the Alaska Purchase proved to be worthwhile. Not only did the natural resources immediately boost the nation’s economy, but it continues to thrive.
In the words of diplomat Frederick W. Seward:
During the last year of Seward's life  he was visited at Auburn by Frank Carpenter who painted the historic picture of "The Emancipation Proclamation." The artist asked him:
"Governor Seward, which of your public acts do you think will live longest in the memory of the American People?" Seward replied, "The purchase of Alaska. But," he added, "it will take another generation to find out."