GEORGE BANCROFT - AUTOGRAPH - HFSID 41549
Sale Price $90.00
GEORGE BANCROFTIrregularly cut album leaf signed by the Secretary of the Navy Signature: "Geo. Bancroft". 4¼x3¾. HistorianGeorge Bancroft (1800-1891) isbest 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),Bancroftestablished 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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