Franklin D. Roosevelt Inaugural Medal

  • Paul Manship, Franklin D. Roosevelt Inaugural Medal, 1933, bronze, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Bequest of Paul Manship, 1966.47.132

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.

Title
Franklin D. Roosevelt Inaugural Medal
Artist
Date
1933
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
3 in. (7.7 cm) diam.
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Bequest of Paul Manship

Mediums
Mediums Description
bronze
Classifications
Keywords
  • Occupation – political – president
  • Allegory – place – United States
  • Allegory – place – America
  • Architecture – boat – ship
  • Portrait male – Roosevelt, Franklin Delano – head
Object Number
1966.47.132
Palette
Linked Open Data
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