rls, and highly esteemed; while another sister was well known in Massachusetts and at Washington as the wife of Governor (afterwards Senator) John Davis.
George Bancroft was fitted for college at Exeter Academy, where he was especially noted for his fine declamation.
He entered Harvard College in 1813, taking his degree in 1817.
He was the classmate of four men destined to be actively prominent in the great anti-slavery agitation a few years later,--Samuel J. May, Samuel E. Sewall, David Lee Child, and Robert F. Wallcut,--and of one prospective opponent of it, Caleb Cushing.
Other men of note in the class were the Rev. Stephen H. Tyng, D. D., the Rev. Alva Woods, D. D., and Samuel A. Eliot, afterwards Treasurer of the College and father of its recent President.
Mr. Bancroft was younger than any of these, and very probably the youngest in his class, being less than seventeen at graduation.
He was, however, second in rank, and it happened that Edward Everett, then recently appo