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GEORGE BANCROFT - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 03/02/1859 - HFSID 297851

 
GEORGE BANCROFT
The United States Secretary of the Navy who founded the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, wishes the recipient of this handwritten letter a "pleasant voyage"
Autograph Letter signed: "Geo Bancroft", 1 page, 6x8½. New York, 1859 March 2. To "Dear Sir."  In Full: "I wish you a very pleasant voyage and am yours very truly". Historian George Bancroft (1800-1891) is best known for his ten-volume History of the United States (1834-1873). Bancroft wrote well, and was accurate with his facts, but had a partisan viewpoint. (He was a Jacksonian Democrat, although one opposed to slavery). As President James K. Polk's first Secretary of the Navy (1845-1846), Bancroft established the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, finding the funds for the institution in his budget before Congress had authorized its creation. As Acting Secretary of War (1846), he issued orders to General Zachary Taylor to advance into territory disputed with Mexico, a move which triggered the Mexican War. He later served as the U.S. Minister to Great Britain (1846-1849), Prussia (1867-1871) and Germany (1871-1874). Multiple mailing folds. Toned. Edges lightly worn. Otherwise, fine condition.


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GEORGE BANCROFT
Born: October 3, 1800 in Worcester, Massachusetts
Died: January 17, 1891 in Washington, District of Columbia





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