Bancroft, George

Life Span
to
Full name
George Bancroft
Place of Birth
Burial Place
Birth Date Certainty
Exact
Death Date Certainty
Exact
Gender
Male
Race
White
Sectional choice
North
Origins
Free State
No. of Spouses
2
No. of Children
3
Family
Aaron Bancroft (father), Lucretia Chandler (mother), Sarah Dwight (first wife), Elizabeth Davis Bliss (second wife)
Education
Harvard
Other
Other Education
University of Göttingen (Germany)
Occupation
Politician
Diplomat
Educator
Writer or Artist
Relation to Slavery
White non-slaveholder
Political Parties
Democratic
Government
Van Buren Administration (1837-41)
Polk Administration (1845-49)
Johnson Administration (1865-69)
Grant Administration (1869-77)
Diplomat

George Bancroft, Secretary of the Navy (American National Biography)

Scholarship
As secretary [of the navy] Bancroft acquired first-hand experience at conducting foreign policy in a democratic society. He also helped found the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis and tried to streamline the Navy Department. Bancroft was instrumental in the acquisition of California, ordering the Pacific Naval Squadron in June 1845 to occupy San Francisco and other ports in case of war, and he defended President Polk against the charge that the president was party to a nefarious southern plot to extend slavery. Bancroft believed that the Mexican War, of which he was an enthusiastic supporter, was a god-sent opportunity to enlarge the national domain for liberty. The vociferous antiwar sentiment, the shifting political alliances the war created, and the strange bedfellows it produced astounded Bancroft.
Lilian Handlin, "Bancroft, George," American National Biography Online, February 2000, http://www.anb.org/articles/14/14-00034.html.
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