GEORGE BANCROFT - MANUSCRIPT LETTER FRAGMENT SIGNED - HFSID 225983
Sale Price $162.00
GEORGE BANCROFTThe historian's signature is matted to a size of 13½x21¼ with a 7½x10½ engraving of him sitting at his desk, books on the floor Manuscript Letter Fragment Signed: "Geo. Bancroft". 7½x3 visible piece of paper underneath a 10½x7½ engraving of the author. Matted to a total size of 13½x21¼. Actual engraving image 5½x7¾ with white border (one surface). Type underneath indicates the artist (Alonzo Chappel). 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). Lightly worn along edges of matting. Short biography attached on verso. Otherwise, fine condition.
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