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Missionary

Aaron Bancroft was an American clergyman.

Background

Bancroft, Aaron was born on November 10, 1755 in Reading, Massachusetts, United States. Son of Samuel and Lydia (Parker) Bancroft.

Education

He graduated from Harvard in 1778 and subsequently taught, studied theology and spent three years as a missionary in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.

Career

He began his studies during the American Revolution, and served as a minuteman, and was present, at the battles of both Lexington and Bunker Hill. He published a eulogy of George Washington in 1800 and wrote a subsequent biography of Washington in 1807. Although president of the American Unitarian Association, he adhered to the name and system of Congregationalism until his death in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Achievements

  • He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1805, and was a founding member of the American Antiquarian Society in 1812, for which he served as vice-president from 1816-1831.

Works

  • Other Work

    • Author: Life of Washington, 1807. Sermons on Christian Doctrine, 1822.

Politics

During the middle of his life his theological views leaned toward Arminianism and by his advocacy of liberalism he became a noted leader in the early period of the Unitarian schism.

Membership

American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Connections

father:
Samuel Bancroft

mother:
Lydia (Parker) Bancroft