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American Bar Association Medal

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diameter: 4 in. ( 10.1 cm )
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"
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."
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.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Elihu Root, Jr.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group