Edgar A. Bancroft

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Edgar Addison Bancroft

Birthplace: Galesburg, Knox County, Illinois, United States
Death: July 28, 1925 (67)
Place of Burial: Galesburg, Knox County, Illinois, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Addison Newton Bancroft and Catharine Bancroft
Husband of Margaret F Bancroft
Brother of Louisa E. Bancroft; Oscar Lyman Bancroft; Albion M. Bancroft; Frederic Austin Bancroft; William Lincoln Bancroft and 1 other

Occupation: United States Ambassador to Japan
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About Edgar A. Bancroft


Edgar Addison Bancroft (1857 – July 27, 1925) was an American lawyer and diplomat. He served as United States Ambassador to Japan from 1924 to 1925.

Early life

Bancroft was born in Galesburg, Illinois. He was educated at Knox College and the Columbia University Law School.

He was related to Aaron Bancroft, who was a biographer of George Washington. He was also related to George Bancroft, who was a diplomat and historian.


Bancroft was counsel for the Santa Fe Railway and the International Harvester Co..

President Calvin Coolidge named him Ambassador to Japan during a recess of the Senate on September 23, 1924. Ambassador Bancroft presented his credentials to the Japanese government on November 19, 1924. His appointment was subsequently confirmed by the Senate on Jan 21, 1925.

Ambassador Bancroft died in Japan on July 27, 1925. As a gesture of good-will, the Japanese government sent the light cruiser Tama to San Pedro in California with his remains.

Selected works

The Moral Sentiment of the People: the Index and Foundation of National Greatnes (1896)

The Sherman Law and Recent Decisions (1911)

In Memoriam Robert Mather 1859-1911 (1912)

Doctor Gunsaulus, the citizen (1921)

The Mission of America and Other War-Time Speeches of Edgar A. Bancroft (1922)

Speeches and Addresses of His Excellency the Late Edgar A. Bancroft, American Ambassador and Honorary President of the America-Japan Society (1926)

The Mission of America, and Other War-Ttime Speeches of Edgar A. Bancroft (1927)

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Edgar A. Bancroft's Timeline

November 20, 1857
Galesburg, Knox County, Illinois, United States
July 28, 1925
Age 67
July 28, 1925
Age 67
Hope Cemetery, Galesburg, Knox County, Illinois, United States