William Russel Grace 100th Anniversary Commemorative Medal
diameter: 3 in. ( 7.6 cm )
Inscription: edge, lower center: "1980 MEDALLIC ART CO. - DANBURY, CT. - BRONZE"
Bronze struck medal with obverse showing clothed bust of William Grace facing three quarters to left with legend: "WILLIAM RUSSELL GRACE"; oval medallion beneath with inscription: "100TH Anniversary/1880-1980," flanked by banners inscribed: "MAYOR OF NEW YORK/1880-82/1884-86." Reverse depicts modern Grace building at right with fragment of nineteenth-century building elevation inscribed above: "GRACE & COMPANY"; seal of New York below; legend above: "W.R. GRACE & CO."; date in exergue: "FOUNDED 1854."
Born in Ireland, William Russell Grace (1831-1904) came to New York where he built a fortune based on trade with South America. With no political experience, he joined with other Democrats in challenging Tammany, and was elected mayor in 1880. The modern Grace Building was erected in 1974 on 42nd Street.
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