GEORGE BANCROFT - AUTOGRAPH - HFSID 157478
GEORGE BANCROFT Signature of the Secretary of the Navy on a small piece of paper Signature: "Geo. Bancroft". 4¼x2½. Historian George Bancroft (1800-1891) is best known for his ten-volume History of the United States (1834-1873).
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GEORGE BANCROFT Signature of the Secretary of the Navy on a small piece of paper Signature: "Geo. Bancroft". 4¼x2½. 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 creased. Separations and holes along central fold, which touch signature. Irregular top edge. Folded thrice and unfolded. Otherwise, fine condition.
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