George Bancroft

American historian and statesman

George Bancroft (October 3, 1800 – January 17, 1891) was an American historian and statesman. He was important in promoting secondary education both in his home state and at the national level. He made the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis in 1845. Among his best-known writings is History of the United States, from the Discovery of the American Continent. He was known as the "father of American History".[1] He was born into a Whig family. Later his studies led him to become a Democratic.

George Bancroft
George Bancroft United States Secretary of Navy c. 1860.jpg
17th United States Secretary of the Navy
In office
March 11, 1845 – September 9, 1846
Preceded byJohn Y. Mason
Succeeded byJohn Y. Mason
Personal details
Born(1800-10-03)October 3, 1800
Worcester, Massachusetts, U.S.
DiedJanuary 17, 1891(1891-01-17) (aged 90)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Sarah Dwight
Elizabeth Davis Bliss
Alma materHarvard University
University of Göttingen
ProfessionPolitician, writer and historian

ReferencesEdit

  1. "George Bancroft (American historian) -- Britannica Online Encyclopedia". britannica.com. Retrieved 3 June 2010.

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