Elihu Root

1845 - 1937

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Elihu Root (; February 15, 1845 – February 7, 1937) was an American lawyer, Republican politician, and statesman who served as the 41st United States Secretary of War under presidents William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt and the 38th United States Secretary of State under Roosevelt. In both positions as well as a long legal career, he pioneered the American practice of international law. Root is sometimes considered the prototype of the 20th-century political "wise man", advising presidents on a range of foreign and domestic issues. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Elihu Root has received more than 703,001 page views. His biography is available in 53 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 50 in 2019). Elihu Root is the 8,841st most popular politician (down from 8,552nd in 2019), the 2,996th most popular biography from United States (up from 3,023rd in 2019) and the 186th most popular American Politician.

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Among politicians, Elihu Root ranks 8,841 out of 19,576Before him are Đồng Khánh, Hüseyin Hilmi Pasha, Al-Mansur Billah, Floris II, Count of Holland, Fyodor Rostopchin, and Hannibal Hamlin. After him are Gjergj Fishta, Marfa Sobakina, Raif Dizdarević, Michael Szilágyi, Prince August, Duke of Dalarna, and Anatoly Lukyanov.

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Among people born in 1845, Elihu Root ranks 41Before him are Émile Boutroux, Francis Ysidro Edgeworth, Ödön Lechner, Harriet Backer, Eugène Grasset, and Émile Baudot. After him are Prince Ludwig August of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Walter Crane, Jan Czerski, Afonso, Prince Imperial of Brazil, William, Prince of Wied, and Jules Guesde. Among people deceased in 1937, Elihu Root ranks 71Before him are Evgeny Pashukanis, Alexander Shliapnikov, Philip de László, Gabriel Pierné, Princess Eleonore of Solms-Hohensolms-Lich, and Jenő Hubay. After him are William Sealy Gosset, Karel Kramář, Ikki Kita, Paul Émile Chabas, Richard Boleslawski, and Eero Järnefelt.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Elihu Root ranks 2,996 out of 20,380Before him are Charles M. Schulz (1922), Jeff Porcaro (1954), Gordon Cooper (1927), Donald O'Connor (1925), Marcia Gay Harden (1959), and Hannibal Hamlin (1809). After him are Ben Wallace (1974), Bruce Beutler (1957), Claude Akins (1926), Charles Berlitz (1913), Tico Torres (1953), and Joseph Jenkins Roberts (1809).

Among POLITICIANS In United States

Among politicians born in United States, Elihu Root ranks 186Before him are Charles Joseph Bonaparte (1851), Michael Dukakis (1933), Winfield Scott (1786), Elbridge Gerry (1744), Ronald Inglehart (1934), and Hannibal Hamlin (1809). After him are Joseph Jenkins Roberts (1809), Henry Wilson (1812), Jesse Ventura (1951), Oliver Winchester (1810), George Mason (1725), and Levi P. Morton (1824).