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GEORGE BANCROFT - AUTOGRAPH SENTIMENT SIGNED - DOCUMENT 17207

 
GEORGE BANCROFT
A slip of paper signed by the United States Secretary of the Navy
Autograph sentiment signed "Very truly yours/ George Bancroft". 2½x1¼ signature affixed to a 2¾x1½ slip of paper. 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). Lightly toned, stained and rippled. Show-through from adhesive touches signature. Adhesive and mounting remnants on verso of mounting paper (no show-through). Mounting paper has missing top left corner. Irregular bottom edge. 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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