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Root, Edward Wales

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Edward Wales Root was born on 23 July, 1884, in Southampton, NJ, and died in New York City, NY, on 5 December, 1956. The son of Elihu Root '64, Edward Root graduated from Hamilton College in 1905. After one year of study at Harvard Law School, Root returned to Hamilton to earn an M.A. in 1908. He then began work as an editorial writer for the New York Evening Sun and Harpers Weekly, but left his position to serve with the Red Cross in connection with military relief and personnel during World War I. Root returned to Hamilton in 1920 to become a lecturer in art, a position he held until his retirement in 1940. A prolific collector of paintings and art objects, he served as a trustee of the American Federation of Arts from 1941-1943 and became a member of the Addison Art Committee in 1945. In 1949, Root was appointed consultant of art by the Munson-Williams-Proctor Art Institute in Utica and was eventually named honorary consultant for life by the institution's board of trustees. Hamilton College awarded Root an honorary L.H.D. in 1952.