GEORGE BANCROFT - AUTOGRAPH - HFSID 225979
GEORGE BANCROFT The historian's signature is matted to a size of 13x20¼ with a 7½x10 engraving of him sitting at his desk, books on the floor Signature: "George Bancroft". 3¼x1¼ visible piece of paper underneath a 7½x10 engraving of the author. Matted to a total size of 13x20¼.
Sale Price $162.00
GEORGE BANCROFT The historian's signature is matted to a size of 13x20¼ with a 7½x10 engraving of him sitting at his desk, books on the floor Signature: "George Bancroft". 3¼x1¼ visible piece of paper underneath a 7½x10 engraving of the author. Matted to a total size of 13x20¼. 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 worn along edges of matting. Marks and labelling sticker on verso. Otherwise, fine condition.
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