Aaron Bancroft (1755 - 1839)

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Birthplace: Worcester, MA
Death: Died in Worcester, MA, USA
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About Aaron Bancroft


Aaron Bancroft (November 10, 1755 – August 19, 1839) was an American clergyman. He was born in Reading, Massachusetts to Samuel Bancroft and Lydia Parker.

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 graduated from Harvard in 1778 and subsequently taught, studied theology and spent three years as a missionary in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. In 1785 he settled in Worcester as pastor of the Congregational church, and remained in the same post until his death. During the middle of his life his theological views leant toward Arminianism and by his advocacy of liberalism he became a noted leader in the early period of the Unitarian schism. He published a eulogy of George Washington in, 1800 and wrote a subsequent biography of Washington in 1807. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1805. Although president of the American Unitarian Association, he adhered to the name and system of Congregationalism until his death in Worcester, Massachusetts.

His son was George Bancroft, American historian, United States Secretary of the Navy and United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom.


Bancroft, Aaron. Life of George Washington Commander in Chief of the American Army Through the Revolutionary War, and the First President of the United States. London: Printed for J. Stockdale, 1808.

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Rev. Aaron Bancroft's Timeline

November 10, 1755
Worcester, MA
Age 35
Age 42
October 3, 1800
Age 44
October 3, 1800
Age 44
Worcester, Massachusetts
August 19, 1839
Age 83
Worcester, MA, USA