Name

George Bancroft

Career

Public life

Occupation 1

Secretary of the Navy

Occupation 2

historian

Identifier

Washington D.C.

Region

NA/Mid-Atlantic region

Era

Heroic Age of Sail (1816-1865)

Born

1800

Died

1891

Source

ANB

Text

[In 1837,] Bancroft was appointed collector of the port of Boston.

Polk's victory [in the 1844 Presidential election] brought Bancroft to Washington, D.C., where he joined the cabinet as secretary of the navy.

As secretary Bancroft acquired first-hand experience at conducting foreign policy in a democratic society. He also helped found the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis and tried to streamline the Navy Department. Bancroft was instrumental in the acquisition of California, ordering the Pacific Naval Squadron in June 1845 to occupy San Francisco and other ports in case of war.

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