Esther "Jennie" Jane Hobart (Tuttle)
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About Esther "Jennie" Jane Hobart
Esther Jane "Jennie" Tuttle Hobart (April 30, 1849 – January 8, 1941) was the wife of Vice President Garret Hobart who served in the administration of President William McKinley as well as a philanthropist and community activist in New Jersey.
Born and raised in Paterson, New Jersey, she was the daughter of a prominent attorney, Socrates Tuttle and his wife Jane Winters. She married her husband, Garret Hobart, in Paterson on July 21, 1869, at the start of his career as a lawyer and politician. They had two children, 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 to her when President McKinley was shot in September 1901. 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.