Marian Clover Adams (Hooper) (1843 - 1885)

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Birthplace: Boston, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA
Death: Died in Washington City, District Of Columbia, District of Columbia, USA
Cause of death: commited suicide by swallowing potassium cyanide
Managed by: R. Lee Stevens
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About Marian Clover Adams (Hooper)

Marian "Clover" Hooper Adams (September 13, 1843 – December 6, 1885) was an American socialite, active society hostess and arbiter of Washington, D.C., and an accomplished amateur photographer.

Clover, who has been cited as the inspiration for writer Henry James's Daisy Miller (1878) and The Portrait of a Lady (1881), was married to writer Henry Adams. After her tragic suicide, he commissioned the famous Adams Memorial, which features a mysterious androgynous bronze sculpture by Augustus Saint-Gaudens, to stand at the site of her, and his, grave.

After her death, Adams destroyed all the letters that she had ever written to him and never spoke her name or referred to her publicly again. She was also omitted from his The Education of Henry Adams.

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Marian Clover Adams's Timeline

September 13, 1843
Boston, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA
June 27, 1872
Age 28
Beverly, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
December 6, 1885
Age 42
Washington City, District Of Columbia, District of Columbia, USA
December 20
Washington, DC