George Bancroft Biography

George Bancroft (October 3, 1800–January 17, 1891) was a historian and statesman, known for promoting secondary education on the state and federal levels. While he was US Secretary of the Navy, he established the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis.


The Bank of the United States: an article reprinted from the North American Review for April 1831. Boston: From Hale's steam-power-press, 1831.

History of the Colonization of the United States. By George Bancroft. 3 vols. Boston, C. C. Little and J. Brown, 1840; Abridged by the author, Boston, C.C. Little & J. Brown, 1841.

History of the American Revolution. By George Bancroft. 7. vols. Boston: Little Brown & Company, 1852-74.

A history of the United States, from the discovery of the American continent. By George Bancroft. 10 vols. Boston, Little, Brown and Company, 1834-75; The author's last revision. 6 vols. New York, D. Appleton and Company, 1888; Reprint, Port Washington, N.Y., Kennikat Press, 1967.

History of the formation of the Constitution of the United States of America. 2 vols. By George Bancroft. New York : D. Appleton, 1882; Reprint Union, N.J.: Lawbook Exchange, 2000.

In memoriam of Abraham Lincoln, the martyr president of the United States. Oration of the Hon. George Bancroft, the historian, at the request of both houses of Congress, in the hall of the House of Representatives of the United States. On Monday, February, 12, 1866. Washington: Printed by L. Towers, 1866.

A plea for the Constitution of the United States, wounded in the house of its guardians. By George Bancroft. Spencer Judd ed. Sewanee, TN: Spencer Judd, c1982 (1983 printing).