Jennie Tuttle Hobart

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Esther T. Hobart
Second Lady of the United States
In role
March 4, 1897 – November 21, 1899
Vice PresidentGarret Hobart
Preceded byLetitia Stevenson
Succeeded byEdith Roosevelt (1901)
Personal details
Born(1849-04-30)April 30, 1849
Paterson, New Jersey, U.S.
DiedJanuary 8, 1941(1941-01-08) (aged 91)
Haledon, New Jersey, U.S.
Resting placeCedar Lawn Cemetery
Spouse(s)Garret Hobart (1869–1899)
ParentsSocrates Tuttle
Jane Winters

Esther Jane "Jennie" Tuttle Hobart (April 30, 1849 – January 8, 1941) was the wife of Vice President Garret Hobart and a philanthropist and community activist in New Jersey.


Jennie Tuttle Hobart

Born and raised in Paterson, New Jersey, she was the daughter of the prominent attorney Socrates Tuttle and his wife, Jane Winters. She married Garret Hobart in Paterson on July 21, 1869, at the start of his career as a lawyer and politician. They had four children, two of whom died in childhood. The other two were Garret Jr. and Fannie, who died in 1895. In 1896 her husband was elected Vice President of the United States and the family moved to Washington, D.C.. As Second Lady of the United States, Hobart often served as White House hostess because the First Lady, Ida Saxton McKinley, suffered from epilepsy. Vice President Hobart died of heart failure on November 21, 1899. After his death, she returned to Paterson and became involved in community affairs. She was a close friend of Mrs. McKinley and rushed to Buffalo, New York, to offer her support when President McKinley was shot in September 1901.

During the American women's suffrage movement, Hobart positioned herself as definitively anti-suffrage. She organized the New Jersey Association Opposed to Woman Suffrage and held regular meetings.[1]

She died of pneumonia on January 8, 1941, in Haledon, New Jersey, where she had been living on her son's farm, and was buried in Cedar Lawn Cemetery in Paterson, New Jersey.[2]


  1. ^ Burstyn, Joan. "Past and Promise: Lives of New Jersey Women", Page 153.
  2. ^ Burstyn, Joan N. "Past and Promise: Lives of New Jersey Women", p. 153. Syracuse University Press, 1997. ISBN 0-8156-0418-1. Accessed May 1, 2011. "She maintained a close relationship with her son and in later years, when her health was failing, lived with his family at Ailsa Farms in Haledon. She died there of bronchial pneumonia, at age 91, on January 8, 1941, and was buried at the Cedar Lawn Cemetery in Paterson."

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Honorary titles
Preceded by
Letitia Stevenson
Second Lady of the United States
Title next held by
Edith Roosevelt