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Presidents, Secretaries Of State, And Other Visible International Lawyers, Lori Fisler Damrosch Jan 2001

Presidents, Secretaries Of State, And Other Visible International Lawyers, Lori Fisler Damrosch

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I invite you to join me on a journey back ninety years, to the 1911 Annual Meeting as recorded in the 1911 Proceedings (pp. 340-41). President Rovine's predecessor, the then-president of the Society, was Elihu Root, a former secretary of war and secretary of state who was at the time senator for New York (Senator Clinton, please take note!). Root would win the Nobel Peace Prize the following year. President Root proposed a toast to the honorary president of the Society, who then gave the banquet address.