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Jennie Tuttle Hobart

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Jennie Tuttle Hobart (1849-1941), the daughter of a prominent attorney, was born and raised in Paterson, New Jersey. She married Garret Augustus Hobart in 1869 as he was beginning his career as a lawyer and Republican politician. After Garret Hobart was elected William McKinley’s vice president, in 1896, the family moved to Washington where Jennie Hobart often served as hostess for McKinley, whose wife was in poor health. Her life as a Washington hostess ended with her husband’s death in office in 1899. Returning to Paterson, Hobart enjoyed a long career as a philanthropist and community activist.






Robb, George, and Stephen Hahn. 2017. Paterson lives. [Wayne, N.J.]: William Paterson University. http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/1031373153 

Davis & Sanford. 1892. [Jennie Tuttle Hobart, wife of Vice President Garrett A. Hobart]. [New York]: [Davis & Sanford, 246 Fifth Avenue]. http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/1240264997 

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Additional Resources

Burstyn, Joan N.. Past and Promise: Lives of New Jersey Women. United States: Syracuse University Press, 1997.

Encyclopedia of New Jersey. United Kingdom: Rutgers University Press, 2004.