|17th United States Secretary of the Navy|
March 11, 1845 – September 9, 1846
|Preceded by||John Y. Mason|
|Succeeded by||John Y. Mason|
|Born||October 3, 1800
Worcester, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Died||January 17, 1891
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Elizabeth Davis Bliss
|Alma mater||Harvard University
University of Göttingen
|Profession||Politician, writer and historian|
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". He was born into a Whig family, but Brancroft's studies led him to become a Democratic.
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- "George Bancroft (American historian) -- Britannica Online Encyclopedia". britannica.com. http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/51366/George-Bancroft. Retrieved 3 June 2010.
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