Henry M. Hoyt (Solicitor General)

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Henry Martyn Hoyt, Jr.
Born December 5, 1856
Died November 20, 1910
Alma mater University of Pennsylvania Law School, Yale University
Occupation Solicitor General of the United States
Term 1903–1909
Predecessor John K. Richards
Successor Lloyd Wheaton Bowers
Spouse(s) Anne McMichael

Henry Martyn Hoyt, Jr. (December 5, 1856 - November 20, 1910) served as Solicitor General of the United States from 1903 to 1909. His father, also named Henry Martyn Hoyt, served as governor of Pennsylvania from 1879 to 1883.


Hoyt was born in Wilkes-Barre and graduated from Yale University in 1878 and the law school of the University of Pennsylvania in 1881. After a career spent in private practice as a lawyer in Pennsylvania, starting in Pittsburgh and then in banking he became an assistant attorney general in 1897 and then, in 1903, was appointed Solicitor General by Theodore Roosevelt. After the end of Roosevelt's term in office he became a counselor to Secretary of State Philander C. Knox. Hoyt died in 1910.


Hoyt married Anne McMichael in 1883 and had five children, including the poet Elinor Wylie (September 7, 1885 – December 16, 1928). His other four children were:

  • Henry Martyn Hoyt (May 8, 1887 in Pa. - 1920 in New York City) who married Alice Gordon Parker (January 27, 1885 in Newark, New Jersey - 1951)
  • Constance A. Hoyt (May 20, 1889 in Pa. - 1923 in Bavaria, Germany) who married Ferdinand von Stumm-Halberg on March 30, 1910 in Washington, D.C.
  • Morton McMichael Hoyt (April 4, 1899 in Washington, D.C. - ?), three times married and divorced Eugenia Bankhead, known as "Sister" and sister of Tallulah Bankhead
  • Nancy McMichael Hoyt (October 1, 1902 in Washington, D.C - ?) romance novelist who wrote Elinor Wylie: The Portrait of an Unknown Woman (1935). She married Edward Davison Curtis, they divorced in 1932.


Legal offices
Preceded by
John K. Richards
Solicitor General
Succeeded by
Lloyd Wheaton Bowers