About Mary Picton Stevens
Proflie photo: Mary Hammond and one of her daughters, Millicent
Mary Picton Stevens (May 16, 1885 – May 7, 1915) married Ogden Haggerty Hammond (October 13, 1869 – October 29, 1956) in Hoboken, New Jersey on April 8, 1907. He was an American businessman, politician and diplomat who served as United States Ambassador to Spain from 1925 to 1929.
Hammond and Mary had three children: Mary Stevens Hammond, later Countess Guerino Roberti (May 22, 1908 – February 23, 1958); Millicent Vernon Hammond, later Millicent Fenwick (February 25, 1910 – September 16, 1992); and Ogden H. Hammond, Jr. (September 17, 1912 – October 19, 1976).
Mary was the daughter of John Stevens (July 1856 – January 21, 1895), oldest son of Stevens Institute of Technology founder Edwin Augustus Stevens and grandson of inventor John Stevens, and Mary Marshall McGuire (May 4, 1850 – May 2, 1905).
On May 1, 1915, Hammond and Mary boarded the British ocean liner RMS Lusitania in New York, en route to Liverpool. Mary intended to help victims of World War I and assist the Red Cross in establishing a hospital in France. The Lusitania was torpedoed by a German U-boat on May 7, and in the aftermath Ogden survived the sinking and Mary did not. He established the Mary Stevens Hammond Memorial Home for Destitute Children in Hoboken in her honor.