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As Secretary of the Navy (1845), he signed this letter instructing a naval captain to report for a court martial proceeding
Manuscript Letter signed: "George Bancroft" as Secretary of the Navy, 16x10 opened flat, 8x10 folded. Navy Department, 1845 July 31. To Captain George W. Storer, US Navy, Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Docketed. In Full: "The Naval General Court Martial which was ordered to convene at Coleman's Hotel in the City of Washington on the 23rd of June last, and of which you were a member, is ordered to reassemble on board the US Ship North Carolina in New York on Tuesday the fifth day of August next at 12 o'clock. [Here a sentence has been erased.] You will report at the time and place mentioned to the presiding Officer of the Court. I am respectfully your obedient servant". 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). George W. Storer (1789-1864), to whom these orders were sent, served in the US Navy from 1890, rising from midshipman to rear admiral (following his 1861 retirement). He was Commander of the US Naval Yard at Portsmouth from 1843 to 1846. Normal mailing fold creases. Lightly toned. Minor show through, front to back. Otherwise, fine condition.

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

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