Jennie Tuttle Hobart
Esther T. Hobart
|Second Lady of the United States|
March 4, 1897 – November 21, 1899
|Vice President||Garret Hobart|
|Preceded by||Letitia Stevenson|
|Succeeded by||Edith Roosevelt (1901)|
|Born||April 30, 1849|
Paterson, New Jersey, U.S.
|Died||January 8, 1941 (aged 91)|
Haledon, New Jersey, U.S.
|Resting place||Cedar Lawn Cemetery|
|Spouse(s)||Garret Hobart (1869–1899)|
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.
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.
- Burstyn, Joan. "Past and Promise: Lives of New Jersey Women", Page 153.
- 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."
| Second Lady of the United States
Title next held byEdith Roosevelt