|United States Minister to the United Kingdom|
November 12, 1846 â€“ August 31, 1849
|Preceded by||Louis McLane|
|Succeeded by||Abbott Lawrence|
|17th United States Secretary of the Navy|
March 11, 1845 â€“ September 9, 1846
|Preceded by||John Y. Mason|
|Succeeded by||John Y. Mason|
October 3, 1800|
Worcester, Massachusetts, US
|Died||January 17, 1891
Washington, D.C., US
|Spouse(s)||Sarah Dwight Bancroft
Elizabeth Davis Bliss Bancroft
|Alma mater||Harvard University
University of GÃ¶ttingen
|Profession||Politician, writer and historian|
In nine times out of ten, the slanderous tongue belongs to a disappointed person.
By common consent gray hairs are a crown of glory; the only object of respect that can never excite envy.
The fears of one class of men are not the measure of the rights of another.
Conscience is the mirror of our souls, which represents the errors of our lives in their full shape.
The exact measure of the progress of civilization is the degree in which the intelligence of the common mind has prevailed over wealth and brute force.
Beauty is but the sensible image of the Infinite. Like truth and justice it lives within us; like virtue and the moral law it is a companion of the soul.
If reason is a universal faculty, the decision of the common mind is the nearest criterion of truth.
The prejudices of ignorance are more easily removed than the prejudices of interest; the first are all blindly adopted, the second willfully preferred.
The best government rests on the people, and not on the few, on persons and not on property, on the free development of public opinion and not on authority.
Truth is not exciting enough to those who depend on the characters and lives of their neighbors for all their amusement.