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Root, Elihu,


Hamilton College Class of 1864; U.S. Secretary of War; U.S. Secretary of State; U.S. Senator from NY; Lawyer. Elihu Root was born in Clinton, NY on 15 February 1845 and died in New York, NY, on 6 February 1937. He attended Hamilton College (A.B., 1864, A.M. in course, 1867) and University Law School of New York. He served in the following positions: Member Alaskan Boundary Tribunal; United States District Attorney, Southern New York, 1883 - 85; Secretary of War, 1899 - 1904; Secretary of State, 1905 - 09; U.S. Senator from New York, 1909 - 15; Senior Counsel for the U.S., North Atlantic Fisheries Arbitration, The Hague, 1910; Ambassador at Head of Special Diplomatic Mission to Russia, 1917. Root was awarded the following: Nobel Peace Prize, 1912; Roosevelt Memorial Medal for Administration of Public Office, 1924; Woodrow Wilson Foundation Medal and Prize for Services to Peace, 1926. He was a member of the following organizations: British Academy; Institut de Droit International; American Academy of Arts and Letters; Commission of International Justice appointed by Council of League of Nations to prepare plans for a permanent Court of International Justice; Commissioner Plenipotentiary for the U.S. in International Conference on the Limitation of Armaments; Committee of Experts convened at Geneva 1929 to revise Statute of Permanent Court.

Found in 5 Collections and/or Records:

Elihu Root Papers

Identifier: yhm-arc-0000-014

Photographic portrait of Elihu Root, class of 1864

Identifier: yhm-arc-2017-040

Root Family Papers

Identifier: yhm-arc-0000-188