By common consent gray hairs are a crown of glory; the only object of respect that can never excite envy.
George Bancroft (October 3, 1800 January 17, 1891) was an American historian and statesman. A native of Worcester, Massachusetts, he was prominent in promoting secondary education 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 at Annapolis in 1845. Among his best-known writings is the massive series History of the United States.