Elihu Root

  • James Earle Fraser, Elihu Root, 1926, bronze, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of an anonymous donor, 1929.16.1

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Elihu Root is one of James Earle Fraser’s many portraits, which also include sculptures of Theodore Roosevelt and Thomas Edison. Elihu Root was a successful lawyer before President McKinley appointed him secretary of war in 1899; in 1905 he was appointed secretary of state under Theodore Roosevelt, and then became a senator. Although he declined the Republican nomination for president, he remained active in politics for many years and was deeply involved in international relations. Fraser was defensive about making portraits, feeling that they should be included “among the greatest” of works. He was especially pleased with this portrait, claiming that when Elihu Root first saw it, he said, “If this feller took a check to the bank, I think they’d cash it without question.”

Title
Elihu Root
Artist
Date
1926
On View
Dimensions
20 x 18 3/4 x 6 5/8 in. (50.8 x 47.6 x 16.8 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of an anonymous donor

Mediums
Mediums Description
bronze
Classifications
Keywords
  • Portrait male – Root, Elihu – bust
  • Occupation – political – statesman
Object Number
1929.16.1
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