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This he did partly because of his literary worth, partly because of his political activity, and partly because of his social prominence.
President Arthur once said that the President is permitted to accept the invitations of members of the cabinet, supreme court judges, and—Mr. George Bancroft.
Bancroft was born in Massachusetts in 1800 and died in Washington in 1891.
Having graduated from Harvard in 1817, he went to Gottingen on funds subscribed by Harvard and its friends.
Back in America in 1822 with a doctor's degree, he settled for a year at Harvard as tutor in Greek.
He brought home from Europe many affectations of manner and such marked eccentricities that his influence at Harvard was undermined; at the end of a year he left, to become, with Joseph G. Cogswell, proprietor of a boys' school at Northampton, Massachusetts.
As a schoolmaster Bancroft was a failure, and he retired from the school in 1831.
Meanwhile, he had begun to write
ook without literary style and smacking of Federalist opinions.
It displeased the followers of Jefferson but had a wide circulation among those who did not agree with the great Republican leader.
For posterity it has value chiefly as a solid source of information.
Wirt's Life of Patrick Henry (1817) is much unlike Marshall's book.
It was well written—Wirt had a polished style—but it was a hasty and inadequate picture of a most important life.
A better but less readable biography was William Tudor's Life of James Otis (1823).
Mrs. Mercy Otis Warren (1728-1814),
See also Book I, Chap.
IX, and Book II.
Chap. II. a sister of James Otis, was the wife of James Warren of Boston.
Her three-volume History of the American Revolution (1805), a loosely written book which contained many biographical sketches, was popular and for a long time furnished the average New Englander his knowledge of the Revolution.
Five years earlier had appeared the most successful historical book of the da