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Elihu Root (1845-1937)

Object Name: Portrait
Date: ca. 1930
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Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: Overall: 24 x 20 in. ( 61 x 50.8 cm )
Credit Line: Gift of the artist
Object Number: 1959.47
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Marks: signature: lower left: "John C. Johansen"

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Statesman and diplomant Elihu Root was born in Clinton, New York, where his father, Oren Root, was a professor at Hamilton College. Root, a graduate of New York University Law School, held numerous appointments and political offices, including that of secretary of state under Theodore Roosevelt. For his support of the principles of international law, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1912.