Bancroft Tower is located atop Prospect Hill in Salisbury Park. Businessman Stephen Salisbury III built this tower to honor historian and statesman George Bancroft, one of his childhood friends. Bancroft was one of the most influential Americans in the 19th century. Bancroft completed a ten-volume series that became the definitive history of the United States for over fifty years after his death in 1891. Bancroft was also a leading statesman in Massachusetts, a senior diplomat in Europe, and Secretary of the Navy in the 1840s. Among his many accomplishments as Secretary of the Navy were the establishment of the Naval Academy in Annapolis and the United States Naval Observatory in Washington.
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