Mary Jane Eno Pinchot

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Mary Jane Pinchot (Eno)

Birthdate: (77)
Birthplace: New York, NY, United States
Death: 1914 (76)
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Amos Richards Eno and Lucy Jane Enno
Wife of James Wallace Pinchot
Mother of Gifford Pinchot, Governor, 1st Chief of the U.S. Forest Service; Antoinette E. Johnstone and Amos Richards Eno Pinchot
Sister of Henry Clay Eno; William Phelps Eno ("Father of Traffic Safety") and Amos Eno

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About Mary Jane Eno Pinchot

Taken from her official United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service biography:

Mary Jane Eno entered the world within a wealthy family in New York City and married James Pinchot there in 1864. She was well schooled in manners and active socially. Since the couple lived in the mansions of relatives until the 1880's, their family life was a bit unordinary. She traveled extensively with her children--and with friends like General Sherman--and lived in France for several years in the 1870s, with James commuting between New York and Paris.

Mary doted on her children, especially Gifford, who remained a bachelor until near her death. She tended to be possessive toward him, and often expressed concern about his physical condition when he was young. Gifford occasionally rebelled with excessive athleticism, usually followed by remorse.

In 1900, James and Mary sold their house in New York City and purchased one in Washington, D.C. where they could watch more closely over Gifford’s career. He lived at home and, after his father’s death in 1908, drew most of his mother’s attention. Mary acquired a reputation as a bountiful hostess, serving Gifford’s frequent and sometimes large gatherings of up to 300 people at their lavish house.

Mary loved to collect objects of fine craftsmanship. Her set of antique fans was borrowed for display by the Smithsonian Institution in 1908. Too ill to attend Gifford’s wedding in 1914, she died a few days later at the Eno family home in Connecticut. Gifford was extremely attached to his mother and named his yacht the Mary Pinchot before his voyage to the South Seas.

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Mary Jane Eno Pinchot's Timeline

September 1837
New York, NY, United States
August 11, 1865
Age 27
Simsbury, Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Age 30
December 6, 1873
Age 36
Paris, Paris, Île-de-France, France
Age 76