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The Eleanor Van Rensselaer Fairfax Award Medal

Object Number: 
1943.145
Date: 
1930
Medium: 
Gilt bronze
Dimensions: 
diameter: 3 in. ( 7.6 cm )
Marks: 
Inscription: edge, lower center: "MEDALLIC ART CO. N.Y."
Description: 
Gilt bronze struck medal with obverse showing draped allegorical female figure of Columbia standing in front of burning altar and holding incense burner and torch; surrounding legend: "FOR EMINENT PATRIOTIC SERVICE." Reverse contains inscription at center with seal of New York surmounted by eagle and flanked by two crossed laurel branches below: "PRESENTED BY/THE/NATIONAL SOCIETY/OF/COLONIAL DAMES/OF/AMERICA/TO/ELIHU ROOT/1930/NEW YORK"; legend: "THE ELEANOR VAN RENSSELAER FAIRFAX MEDAL."
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