George Bancroft, best known as the author of a 10-volume, History of the United States, was a distinguished American historian, statesman, and diplomat. While serving as the Secretary of the Navy under President James Polk he established the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis. He also served as the U.S. minister to Great Britain and later as minister to Berlin.


  • Title: George Bancroft. Carte de Visite photograph.
  • Creator: Matthew Brady
  • Date: 1855/1865
  • Type: Photograph
  • Contributor: Cornell University Library

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