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GEORGE BANCROFT - SIGNATURE(S) - HFSID 41549

 
GEORGE BANCROFT
Irregularly cut album leaf signed by the Secretary of the Navy
Signature: "Geo. Bancroft". 4¼x3¾. 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). Black ink notations on verso in unknown hand. Lightly toned, soiled, foxed and creased. Irregular right edge. Neatly torn from album at left 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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