38- Secretary of State Elihu Root


The Elihu Root mug is part of a biographical series profiling individuals who served as the U.S. Secretary of State.  An image of Elihu Root and a short biography are features of this history mug.

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Elihu Root was a lawyer, statesman, and Secretary of War.  When Roosevelt was elected president, he appointed Root as Secretary of State.  As Secretary of State, he worked towards the beautification of Washington, DC.  The results of which came after he left office with the creation of the Fine Arts Commission that advised upon monuments, statues, public art, and landscape design in the District of Columbia.  He negotiated the Root-Takahira Agreement which limited Japanese and American naval fortifications in the Pacific.  He strengthened U.S./South American relations and helped create the Central American Court of Justice.  Elihu Root worked to promote foreign commerce, particularly in Latin America.  Root was a masterful negotiator and ultimately negotiated 24 bilateral arbitration treaties for which he received the Nobel Peace Prize.  Elihu Root is remembered for his impact on U.S. foreign affairs and for being one of the most accomplished cabinet members in United States history.

The secretary of state was created as part of the president’s cabinet beginning with the administration of George Washington.  Washington created four cabinet positions to provide him with a source of key advisers, in the form of the attorney general, secretary of the treasury, secretary of state, and secretary of war.  Current presidential cabinets are made up of sixteen officers.  Members are chosen by the president and confirmed by the U.S. Senate.  The secretary of state is regarded as the most senior position in the Cabinet and is fourth in the line of succession to the president.

This Elihu Root history mug is part of our Secretary of State series which includes the many unique individuals who served as U.S. Secretary of State.

The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history.  The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton.  He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia-tone.  The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.

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