George Bancroft
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George Bancroft (1800 - 1891)

George Bancroft
Born in Worcester, Massachusetts, United Statesmap
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Husband of — married 21 Mar 1827 [location unknown]
Husband of — married 16 Aug 1838 [location unknown]
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Died in Washington, District of Columbia, United Statesmap
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George Bancroft (October 3, 1800 – January 17, 1891) was an American historian and statesman.

His first wife was Sarah Dwight, of a rich family in Springfield, Massachusetts; they married in 1827 but she died in 1837. His second wife was Mrs Elizabeth Davis Bliss, a widow with two children to add to his two sons; she bore him a daughter.

He taught Greek at Harvard. Then President Polk appointed him Secretary of the Navy, and during his tenure, Bancroft established the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis in 1845. Bancroft Hall, the single largest dormitory, at the Naval Academy, is named in his honor.

He was later appointed the U.S. diplomat to Britain. While he was there, he wrote his 10-volume History of the United States.

He said, "The exact measure of the progress of civilization is the degree in which the intelligence of the common mind has prevailed over wealth and brute force."

George Bancroft died in 1891 and is interred at Worcester Rural Cemetery in Worcester, Massachusetts. [1]


  • Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Bancroft, George". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.
  • Samuel Austin Allibone (1900). "Bancroft, George". In Wilson, James Grant; Fiske, John. Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography. New York: D. Appleton.
  • Dawes, N. H., and F. T. Nichols. "Revaluing George Bancroft," New England Quarterly, 6#2 (1933), pp. 278–293 in JSTOR
  • Kraus, Michael. "George Bancroft 1834–1934," New England Quarterly, 7#4 (1934), pp. 662–686
  1. Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed 14 December 2018), memorial page for George Bancroft (3 Oct 1800–17 Jan 1891), Find A Grave: Memorial #5892, citing Worcester Rural Cemetery, Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .

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