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Historical Artifacts

American Bar Association Medal

American Bar Association Medal
American Bar Association Medal
American Bar Association Medal
diameter: 4 in. ( 10.1 cm )
Gold struck medallion with obverse showing clothed bust of John Adams facing left with legend above: "THE AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION MEDAL"; inscription: "TO THE END IT/MAY BE A GOVERN/MENT OF LAWS/AND NOT OF MEN." Reverse shows enthroned figure of Justice holding a scale and a sword; legend above: "JUSTITIA."
Credit Line 
Gift of Elihu Root, Jr.
Object Number 
Inscription: obverse, in exergue, at center: artist's initials "LGF" Inscription: around edge: "AWARDED TO ELIHU ROOT IN THE YEAR 1930 FOR CONSPICUOUS SERVICE IN THE CAUSE OF AMERICAN JURISPRUDENCE"
Gallery Label 
Elihu Root (1845-1937) was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1912. He served as Secretary of War under McKinley and Roosevelt (1899-1903) and as Secretary of State under Roosevelt (1905-1909). From 1909- 1915 he was a Republican Senator from New York.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group