Medal in box:...Peru...Elihu Root
Gilt aluminum; wood, leather, silk
case: 2 5/8 x 2 5/8 x 11/16 in. ( 6.7 x 6.7 x 1.7 cm ) diameter: 1 3/16 in. ( 3 cm )
Gilt aluminum struck medal with obverse showing seal of Peru within central roundel, enclosed by palm and laurel wreath, with sun above. Reverse bears inscription within beaded border: "RECUERDO DE LA VISITA/AL/PERU/DEL SENOR/ELIHU ROOT/SECRETARIO/DE ESTADO DE LOS/EE.UU./DE/AMERICA/LIMA STERE. 1906." Medal is set into square dark red fitted leather case with white silk satin and dark green silk velvet interior.
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. This medal was issued in remembrance of Root's visit to Peru during his unprecedented diplomatic tour of South Africa in 1906.
Gift of Elihu Root, Jr.
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