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Henry Cabot Lodge

Henry Cabot Lodge
John Singer Sargent, 12 Jan 1856 - 15 Apr 1925
Henry Cabot Lodge, 12 May 1850 - 9 Nov 1924
Oil on canvas
Sight: 127 x 84.5cm (50 x 33 1/4")
Frame: 168.9 x 120.7 x 7.6cm (66 1/2 x 47 1/2 x 3")
Costume\Dress Accessory\Eyeglasses
Personal Attribute\Facial Hair\Mustache
Personal Attribute\Facial Hair\Beard
Costume\Dress Accessory\Neckwear\Tie\Necktie
Henry Cabot Lodge: Male
Henry Cabot Lodge: Law and Crime\Lawyer
Henry Cabot Lodge: Literature\Writer
Henry Cabot Lodge: Politics and Government\US Congressman\Massachusetts
Henry Cabot Lodge: Education and Scholarship\Educator\Lecturer
Henry Cabot Lodge: Journalism and Media\Magazine editor
Henry Cabot Lodge: Politics and Government\US Senator\Majority Leader
Henry Cabot Lodge: Education and Scholarship\Administrator\Smithsonian Institution\Regent of Smithsonian Institution
Henry Cabot Lodge: Politics and Government\State Legislator\Massachusetts
Henry Cabot Lodge: Politics and Government\US Senator\Massachusetts
Henry Cabot Lodge: Society and Social Change\Administrator\Historical society administrator\President
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of the Honorable Henry Cabot Lodge
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Massachusetts Senator Henry Cabot Lodge envisioned the United States as a world leader. He believed that enforcing the Monroe Doctrine, which opposed European colonialism in the Americas, was critical to maintaining the United States’ “rightful supremacy in the Western Hemisphere.” Embracing the ideas of naval theorist Alfred Thayer Mahan, Lodge advocated for the U.S. Navy’s modernization and for securing overseas ports as coaling stations and commercial outposts. Like his close friend and political ally Theodore Roosevelt, Lodge regarded Cuba, Puerto Rico, and Hawai‘i as desirable outposts.
After the explosion of the USS Maine in Havana Harbor on February 15, 1898, Lodge vigorously supported the war against Spain, recognizing it as an opportunity to gain geopolitical power and overseas territories. Later, he would advocate for the construction of the Panama Canal to connect the Atlantic and Pacific oceans and consolidate U.S. power in the Americas.
Henry Cabot Lodge, senador por Massachusetts, concebía a Estados Unidos como un líder mundial. Creía que el cumplimiento de la doctrina Monroe, que rechazaba el colonialismo europeo en las Américas, era esencial para mantener la “legítima supremacía [de EE.UU.] en el hemisferio occidental”. Adepto de las ideas del teórico naval Alfred Thayer Mahan, Lodge abogó por que se modernizara la Marina y se aseguraran puertos en ultramar para estaciones carboneras y puestos comerciales. Al igual que su buen amigo y aliado político Theodore Roosevelt, Lodge consideraba a Cuba, Puerto Rico y Hawái enclaves deseables.
Tras la explosión del USS Maine en el puerto de La Habana el 15 de febrero de 1898, Lodge apoyó enérgicamente la guerra contra España, viéndola como una oportunidad de obtener poder geopolítico y territorios de ultramar. Luego abogaría por la construcción del canal de Panamá para conectar los océanos Atlántico y Pacífico y consolidar el poder de EE.UU. en las Américas.
Henry Cabot Lodge, Beverly, Mass., grandson of sitter; gift 1967 to NPG.
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National Portrait Gallery
Currently not on view