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Elihu Root
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U.S. Secretary of State
    (February 15, 1845-February 7, 1937)
    Born in Clinton, New York
    US Secretary of War (1899-1904)
    US Secretary of State (1905-09)
    US Senator from New York (1909-15)
    President of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (1910-25)
    Won the Nobel Peace Prize for promoting international cooperation and arbitration (1912)
    As an attorney, his clients included robber baron Jay Gould and corrupt politician Boss Tweed.
    As Secretary of War, he led the brutal suppression of the Emilio Aguinaldo rebellion in the Philippines.
    He was a controversial Nobel Peace Prize winner due to his unabashed imperialism.
    His potential nomination to the Supreme Court was scuttled by scathing articles in the Spokane Press about his past association with Boss Tweed (1910).
    He had a rather bland personality, with one biographer saying, 'No anecdotes are told of Elihu Root.'
    He was valedictorian of his class at Hamilton College.
    He modernized the US Army to make it on par with the best in Europe.
    His innovations included establishing a general staff, founding the Army War College, and introducing the rotation of officers between staff and line positions.
    As Secretary of State, he introduced the Foreign Service Exam, improved relations with Latin America, maintained the Open Door Policy in China, and settled a long-running fishery dispute with Canada.
    He served on the commission that created the World Court (1922).

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