George Bancroft

Oct 3, 1800 - Jan 17, 1891

George Bancroft was an American historian, statesman and Democratic politician who was prominent in promoting secondary education both in his home state and at the national and international levels.
During his tenure as U.S. Secretary of the Navy, he established the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis. He was a senior American diplomat in Europe, leading diplomatic missions to Britain and Germany. Among his best-known writings is the magisterial series, History of the United States, from the Discovery of the American Continent.
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“The best government rests on the people, and not on the few, on persons and not on property, on the free development of public opinion and not on authority.”

George Bancroft
Oct 3, 1800 - Jan 17, 1891
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