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Favorable or Unfavorable #26: George Bancroft


Favorable or Unfavorable #26: George Bancroft  

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Historian George Bancroft was one of the first, if not the first, academics to enter a presidential cabinet. Bancroft is also an example of a Free Soil Democrat (anti-slavery Democrat that voted 3rd party in 1848). Like some Free Soil Democrats, he returned to the Democratic Party, rather than join the Know Nothings or Republicans. 

His actions:

Bancroft, George 1834 authors the History of the United States, then a groundbreaking work of scholarship
Bancroft, George 1844 Supports Annexation of Texas, despite opposing slavery
Bancroft, George 1845 Confirmed Sec of Navy for Polk
Bancroft, George 1845 Establishes US Naval Academy
Bancroft, George 1846 Appt Amb to UK by Polk
Bancroft, George 1863 Democrat supportive of Lincoln; receives handwritten manuscript of Gettysburg address from Lincoln
Bancroft, George 1867 Amb to Prussia, and then converted to Amb to Germany on German Unification
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