Louisa Maria Torrey (1827 - 1907) MP

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Nicknames: "Louise"
Birthplace: Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States
Death: Died in Millbury, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States
Managed by: Karl Höglander
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About Louisa Maria Torrey

Louisa “Louise” Maria Torrey (11 September 1827-8 December 1907) was the second wife of Alphonso Taft, and the mother of U.S. President William Howard Taft.

Background

She was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the first daughter of Samuel Davenport Torrey (1789-1877) and his second wife, the former Susan Holman Waters (1803-1866). Her three sisters were Delia Chapin Torry (who married geologist Edward Orton), Anna Davenport Torrey, and Susan H. Torrey. She graduated from Mount Holyoke College (then Mount Holyoke Female Seminary) in 1845.

Marriage and family life

She married Alphonso Taft, widowed in 1852, on 26 December 1853 in Millbury, Massachusetts, becoming step-mother to his two living sons by his first wife, Fanny Phelps, Charles Phelps Taft, who became the publisher of the Cincinnati Times-Star and was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1895 to 1897, and Peter Rawson "Rossy" Taft.

They had five children, four of whom lived to adulthood. The first, who died aged 14 months of pertussis, was Samuel Davenport Torrey Taft. The second was President William Howard Taft; next was Henry Waters Taft, who became a lawyer in New York City; fourth was Horace Dutton Taft, founder of the Taft School in Watertown, Connecticut, and the last was Frances Louis "Fanny" Taft, who married surgeon William A. Edwards.

The family lived in Cincinnati during her husband's tenure as judge of the Superior Court of Cincinnati, in Washington, D. C. when he was, successively, Secretary of War and Attorney General and in Austria-Hungary and Russia when he served as U.S. ambassador there.

Death

Louise Taft died at Millbury, Massachusetts aged 80 years, and was interred at Spring Grove Cemetery, in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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Louisa Maria Torrey's Timeline

1827
September 11, 1827
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States
1853
December 26, 1853
Age 26
Millbury, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States
1855
1855
Age 27
Cincinnati, Hamilton, Ohio, USA
1857
September 15, 1857
Age 30
Cincinnati, OH, USA
1859
May 27, 1859
Age 31
Cincinnati, Hamilton, Ohio, USA
1861
September 28, 1861
Age 34
Cincinnati, Hamilton, Ohio, USA
1865
July 18, 1865
Age 37
Cincinnati, Hamilton, Ohio, USA
1907
December 8, 1907
Age 80
Millbury, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States