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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 by John Y. Mason
Succeeded by John Y. Mason
Personal details
Born (1800-10-03)October 3, 1800
Worcester, Massachusetts, U.S.
Died January 17, 1891(1891-01-17) (aged 90)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Sarah Dwight
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. Later his studies led him to become a Democratic.

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