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Edward Sherman Hoar

Birthdate: (70)
Birthplace: Concord, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts
Death: February 22, 1893 (70)
Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Hon. Samuel Hoar, Jr. and Sarah Hoar
Husband of Elizabeth Hallett Hoar
Father of Florence Bradford
Brother of Elizabeth Sherman Farnsworth; Ebenezer R. Hoar, U.S. Attorney General; Sarah Sherman Hoar; Samuel Hoar, III and George Frisbie Hoar, U.S. Senator

Occupation: Lawyer, California state district attorney for the fourth Judicial district in 1850
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About Edward Sherman Hoar


Edward Sherman Hoar (1823-1893) was the fourth child of Squire Samuel Hoar—a legendary Massachusetts lawyer of the nineteenth century, a member of both branches of the Massachusetts legislature, and a United States congressman—and his wife Sarah Sherman Hoar. Brother of Elizabeth, Ebenezer Rockwood, Sarah, and George Frisbie Hoar, Edward studied at the Concord Academy and was a good friend of Henry David Thoreau. He entered Harvard College in his sophomore year and graduated in 1844, not long after he and Thoreau accidentally set fire to the woods around Concord’s Fairhaven Bay. He was Thoreau’s later walking companion on excursions to Maine and to the White Mountains. The two shared a common passion for the natural world and explored the plant life of Concord together.

Edward Hoar studied law at Harvard, then in New York City, where he was admitted to practice in 1848. In 1849, during the Gold Rush, he traveled to the new state of California. (He had already journeyed to California once, in 1840, while in his teens.) There he practiced law, became a leader of the bar, and served as a district attorney. He also traded cattle. While residing in California, he traveled to Peru, where he was when his father died in 1856. Leaving his law practice behind, Edward came back to Massachusetts in 1857. The following year, he sailed for Europe with his sister Elizabeth and his neighbor and bride-to-be Elizabeth Hallett Prichard. They returned from Europe in 1859. The following year, he purchased a Lincoln, Massachusetts property, which he actively farmed. In Palermo with his family in the 1870s, he cultivated oranges, lemons, and figs.

Although he withdrew from the legal profession and avoided public life, Hoar threw himself into scientific study—geology and natural history as well as botany. He was also a great reader and a lover of art, music, and drama. He was a follower of politics, which he approached from a liberal point of view. He associated with important contemporary observers of the natural world—Louis Agassiz, William Brewster, Walter Deane, and Edward S. Burgess as well as Thoreau.

Edward Sherman Hoar suffered from rheumatism and from some unspecified trouble of the lungs—most likely tuberculosis. He died in Washington—where he had gone in an effort to improve his declining health—in 1893. In 1912, his daughter Florence donated his extensive collection of plant specimens (some of them gathered by Thoreau) to the New England Botanical Club.



Edward Sherman Hoar

Birth: Feb 21 1823 - Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA

Death: Feb 22 1893 - Washington, District of Columbia, USA

Parents: Samuel Hoar, Sarah Sherman

Marriage: 28 Dec 1858, American consulate in Florence, Italy.

Wife: Elizabeth Hallett Prichard, 1822–1917


Florence Hoar, b. 23 January 1860, Concord, Massachusetts; d. 1946; m. 1885, Moses Brown Lockwood Bradford (1858-1928)


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Edward Sherman Hoar's Timeline

February 21, 1823
Concord, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts
January 23, 1860
Age 36
Concord, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States
February 22, 1893
Age 70
Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, United States