Eloise Hughes Smith

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Eloise Hughes Smith
Born Mary Eloise Hughes
(1893-08-07)August 7, 1893
Huntington, West Virginia, U.S.
Died May 3, 1940(1940-05-03) (aged 46)
Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

Lucian P. Smith (February 1912 - (his death) April 1912)

Robert Williams Daniel (1914 - (divorced) 1923)

Lewis H. Cort, Jr. (1923 - (his death) 1929)
Relatives Rep. James A. Hughes

Mary Eloise Hughes Smith (August 7, 1893 – May 3, 1940), also referred to as Eloise Smith or Mrs. Lucien P. Smith, was a survivor of the 1912 RMS Titanic disaster. Her first husband, Lucien P. Smith, died in the sinking; she later married a fellow survivor. Mrs. Smith's recollections of the sinking have been quoted in numerous documentaries about the sinking of the ship, and she has been portrayed in at least one fictional depiction of the disaster.

Eloise Smith was a member of the Vinson political family; the daughter of United States Representative James A. Hughes and Belle Vinson. As children, Eloise and her sister had made the acquaintance of President Theodore Roosevelt.[1]

Having recently married Lucien P. Smith and newly pregnant, she was returning from her honeymoon when the Titanic sank. She survived to give birth to her son Lucian Jr. in November 1912. She later married a fellow survivor, Robert Daniel, a bank executive.[2]

Smith was quoted extensively in the 1912 best-selling book The Sinking of the Titanic by Jay Henry Mowbray.[3] Her letters and other recollections were also used by the documentary filmmaker Melissa Jo Peltier in the A&E Network documentaries Titanic: Death of a Dream and Titanic: The Legend Lives On to illustrate the hours between the Titanic's encounter with the iceberg and the rescue of the survivors by RMS Carpathia,[4] and in the documentary Titanic: Anatomy of a Disaster. She was portrayed in the documentary television series Seconds from Disaster by Jennifer Lee Trendowski in the episode featuring the Titanic.[5]

Eloise Smith died in 1940 at the age of 46 in a sanitarium in Cincinnati.[6]


  1. ^ Geller, Judith B. (October 1998). Titanic: Women and Children First. W. W. Norton & Company. p. 66. ISBN 978-0-393-04666-3. 
  2. ^ "Mrs. Eloise Hughes Smith Reweds". New York Times. 11 April 1923. Retrieved 2007-06-21. Mrs. Cort's first husband, Lucien P. Smith of Uniontown, Pa., was drowned when the Titanic sunk [sic] and the encounter in mid-ocean between Daniel and his widow culminated several years later in their marriage. 
  3. ^ Mowbray, Jay Henry (1912). The Sinking of the Titanic. Philadelphia: C. Winston. pp. passim. 
  4. ^ Melissa Jo Peltier (1994). Titanic: Death of a Dream (documentary). United States: A&E Network. 
  5. ^ "Sinking of the Titanic". Seconds from Disaster. 
  6. ^ Truman, Cheryl. Lexington Herald-Leader http://www.kentucky.com/2013/10/03/2858272/what-happened-to-titanic-passengers.html.  Missing or empty |title= (help)

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