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Franklin D. Roosevelt Inaugural Medal

1933 Paul Manship Born: St. Paul, Minnesota 1885 Died: New York, New York 1966 bronze 3 in. (7.7 cm) diam. Smithsonian American Art Museum Bequest of Paul Manship 1966.47.132 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 46A, Drawer 4


Luce Center Label

Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected president of the United States in November 1932, the first of four terms. For this inaugural medal by Paul Manship, Roosevelt suggested the design for the reverse, which shows the USS Constitution ("Old Ironsides") surrounded by Longfellow's famous verse "Thou too sail on, O Ship of State, Sail on, O Union, strong and great." The collaborative relationship between Roosevelt and Manship dated to 1919, when Roosevelt was still assistant secretary of the Navy and Manship had advised him on a change to the design of the Navy's Medal of Honor.

Keywords

Allegory - place - America

Allegory - place - United States

Architecture - boat - ship

Occupation - political - president

Portrait male - Roosevelt, Franklin Delano - head

sculpture - medal

metal - bronze

relief

About Paul Manship

Born: St. Paul, Minnesota 1885 Died: New York, New York 1966

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