Bancroft, David a Congregational minister, was born in Rindge, N. H., Feb. 10, 1809. The first sixteen vears of his life were passed at home, his father removing to Grafton, Vt., in 1811. At the age of seventeen he was apprenticed to an uncle in Worcester, Mass., to learn the mason's trade. A short time after he was engaged as a clerk in a dry-goods house in Cambridgeport, Mass., where he was converted under the preaching of Dr. Beecher. Two years after, he fitted for college, and in 1835 graduated at Amherst. In 1838 he graduated at the Theological Institute of Connecticut, and began labor at once at Willington, Conn., where in 1839 he was ordained to a pastorate which lasted nearly twenty years. From Willington he went to Prescott, Mass., June 3, 1858, where he died, March 11, 1875. See Cong. Quarterly, 1876, p. 63.