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GEORGE BANCROFT - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 1/15 - HFSID 3078

 
GEORGE BANCROFT
Founder of the United States Naval Academy signed this handwritten letter inviting his friend Senator Edmunds to dinner.
Autograph Letter Signed: "Geo Bancroft". 1 page, 4½x7. Dated "Jan. 15.". In full: "Dear Senator Edmunds pray give the pleasure of your company at dinner on the next frist at 7' o'clock the twentieth of January to the oldest of your friends". Postscripted: "The wife of Mr. Bishop of New York will be with us. The [illegible] will call for an answer tomorrow morning". GEORGE F. EDMUNDS (1828-1919) represented Vermont in the U.S. Senate from April 3, 1866 until his resignation on Nov. 1, 1891. He served as President Pro Tempore of the Senate from 1883 to 1885 when, with no Vice President after Garfield's assassination, he was next in line to the Presidency. He was also a member of the Electoral Commission that decided the hotly contested election of 1876 - a squeaker with only one electoral vote between Republican victor Rutherford B. Hayes and Democratic Samuel J. Tilden, who won the popular vote. "Mrs Senator Edmunds" is probably his wife Susan Marsh Edmunds. 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). Encapsulated in Mylar. Letter was not examined outside encapsulation. Lightly toned. Handwriting and signature are shaky but legible. 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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