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A historian is a person who studies and writes about the past and is regarded as an authority on it. Historians are concerned with the continuous, methodical narrative and research of past events as relating to the human race; as well as the study of all history in time. If the individual is...
A statesman is usually a politician or other notable public figure who has had a long and respected career in politics or government at the national and international level. As a term of respect, it is usually left to supporters or commentators to use the term...
who was prominent in promoting secondary education
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both in his home state and at the national level. During his tenure as U.S. Secretary of the Navy, he established the United States Naval Academy
United States Naval Academy
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at Annapolis in 1845. Among his best-known writings is the magisterial series, History of the United States, from the Discovery of the American Continent.
His family had been in Massachusetts Bay
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since 1632, and his father, Aaron Bancroft, was distinguished as a revolutionary soldier, a leading Unitarian
Unitarianism is a Christian theological movement, named for its understanding of God as one person, in direct contrast to Trinitarianism which defines God as three persons coexisting consubstantially as one in being....
clergyman and author of a popular life of George Washington.