Grace Ernestine Hemingway

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Grace Ernestine Hemingway (Hall)

Birthplace: Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, United States
Death: June 29, 1951 (78)
Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee, United States (She died of a cerebral hemorrhage on June 28)
Place of Burial: Forest Park, Illinois, Cook County, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Ernest Miller Hall and Caroline Hall
Wife of Ed Hemingway
Mother of Marcelline Sanford; Ernest Hemingway; Ura Jepson; Sunny Mainland; Beefy Gardner and 1 other
Sister of Ernest Hall and Leicester Campbell Hall

Occupation: Musician, Artist, Opera Singer and Music Teacher
Managed by: Geoffrey David Trowbridge
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About Grace Ernestine Hemingway

Grace Hemingway (née Hall) was the mother of author Ernest Hemingway.

Due to her family's considerable affluence and lifelong dependence on hired help, Grace Hemingway never had to acquaint herself with a kitchen or burdensome domestic chores. Her mother had taught her to be the creator of her own success and took every opportunity to encourage Grace's ambitious pursuits, principal of which was her singing.

Shortly after her mother's death in 1895, Grace traveled to New York to begin her training as an opera singer. About this time, she'd begun to reevaluate her relationship with Clarence Hemingway, the gracious and handsome doctor who had assisted her mother in the months prior to her death. Grace had to decide between her aspirations to be an opera singer or mother. She chose the latter and married Dr. Hemingway on October 1, 1896. As folklore goes, Grace Hemingway declined an invitation to sing at a gala honoring Queen Victoria, for the engagement conflicted with the date of her marriage.

Throughout much of his life, Ernest Hemingway harbored a great deal of hatred for his mother. This hatred was mainly fueled from his belief that his mother was responsible for his father's 1928 suicide. In a 1948 letter to Malcom Cowley, Hemingway wrote: "I hated my mother as soon as I knew the score and loved my father until he embarrassed me with his cowardice.... My mother is an all time all American bitch and she would make a pack mule shoot himself; let alone poor bloody father."

Later in life, Grace Hemingway was an accomplished artist and lecturer. She died on June 29, 1951 and her son Ernest did not attend her funeral.

Debut at Madison Square Garden Theatre as contralto soloist with the Apollo Club of N.Y. City in 1896. Director of children's vested choir and orchestra of the Third Congregational Church of Oak Park. Favors woman suffrage. Member. of the Suburban Civics Club. Congregationalist. Member Drama League, Kindergarten Ass'n, Fine Arts Soc., Hospital Auxiliary. Recreation: Outdoor sports. Member of the Nineteenth Century Club.

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Grace Ernestine Hemingway's Timeline

July 15, 1872
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, United States
- 1887
Age 6
United States
- 1891
Age 13
Oak Park High School
- 1896
Age 22
United States
January 15, 1898
Oak Park, Cook County, Illinois, United States
July 21, 1899
Oak Park, Cook, Illinois, United States
April 29, 1902
Oak Park, Cook, Illinois, United States
November 28, 1904
Oak Park, Cook, Illinois, United States
July 19, 1911
Resort Township, Emmet, Michigan, United States