Statement of Significance (as of designation - November 28, 1972):
Elihu Root was Secretary of War (1899-1903) under President McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt, and Secretary of State (1905-1909) under Theodore Roosevelt. Military organization was one of his many talents, and he has been called "the father of the modern American army." He was among the first statesment to grasp the implications of America's becoming a world power, and his effective military reforms stood the nation in good sttead in later years. Root bought this Federal-style house in 1893. He considered it his permanent home throughout his Government service, and he died here in 1937.