Roosevelt Memorial Association Medallion of Honor
diameter: 3 3/16 in. ( 8.1 cm )
Inscription: obverse, at lower left of field: "J.E./FRASER/1920" Inscription: edge, lower center: "18 K MEDALLIC ART CO. N.Y." Inscription: around edge: "TO ELIHU ROOT FOR THE ADMINISTRATION OF PUBLIC OFFICE"
Gold struck medallion with obverse showing clothed bust of Theodore Roosevelt facing right with legend: "FOR . DISTINGUISHED . SERVICE"; dates at lower right of image: "MDCCCLVIII/MCMXIX." Reverse depicts flaming sword at center with inscription: "IF I MUST CHOOSE/BETWEEN RIGHTEOUSNESS/AND PEACE I CHOOSE/RIGHTEOUSNESS"; legend: "ROOSEVELT.MEMORIAL.ASSOCIATION/MEDAL OF HONOR."
This medal was one of a number of award medals created for the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Association. The image of Roosevelt on the obverse of this example is based on a portrait bust modeled 1909-1910. 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.
Gift of Elihu Root, Jr.
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