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Philip Simmons Hichborn

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Philadelphia , Pennsylvania, United States
Death: Died in Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, United States
Cause of death: Suicide
Place of Burial: Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Adm. Philip Hichborn and Jennie Mary Hichborn
Ex-husband of Elinor Wylie
Father of Philip Simmons Hichborn, Jr.
Brother of Martha Pearsall

Occupation: Lawyer, writer
Managed by: Erica "the Disconnectrix" Howton
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About Philip Simmons Hichborn

4. HICHBORN, Philip S., born at Philadelphia, September 30, 1882; married, at Washington, D. C, 1907, Elinor Hoyt; son Philip, born 1907, at Washington.

From Daisy’s Niece, Alice Parker Hoyt Shurtleff

" ... Elinor Morton Hoyt, had married attorney Philip Hichborn in 1906. Phillip was a Harvard graduate and the son of Rear Admiral Philip S. Hichborn. In 1912, however, Elinor Hoyt Hichborn was in love with a man named Horace S. Wylie. She eloped with him, not once, but twice. In March, Elinor was in Monte Carlo, living with Wylie (who had similarly abandoned his wife and children) while Philip Hichborn was in Washington with their children. On 28 March 1912, Philip had just returned from a stroll with his daughter (sic - see (3)) when he learned that his wife had given birth to a child in Europe. At that news, he put a gun to his head and killed himself." (2)


  • On the rebound, Elinor Wylie eloped with him and they were married on December 13, 1906. She had a son by him, Philip Simmons Hichborn, Jr., born September 22, 1907 in Washington, D.C. However, "Hichborn, a would-be poet, was emotionally unstable" ...(4)


  • (2)  “Philip S. Hichborn, Deserted, A Suicide,” New York Times, 28 March 1912.
  • (4) "Elinor Wylie 1885-1928," Poetry Foundation, Web, Apr. 7, 2011.


  1. New England Families, Genealogical and Memorial: A Record of the Achievements of Her People in the Making of Commonwealths and the Founding of a Nation, Volume 2 (Google eBook) William Richard Cutter. Lewis historical publishing Company, 1913 - New England.  Page 772
  2. PHILIP S. HICHBORN, DESERTED, A SUICIDE; Rear Admiral's Son, Whose Wife Eloped, Shoots Himself in His Sister's Home. Special to The New York Times. (); March 28, 1912. WASHINGTON, March 27. -- The climax to the two elopements of Mrs. Philip S. Hichborn with Horace S. Wylie came about 5 o'clock this evening, when Philip S. Hichborn went to the home of his sister, Mrs. P.S. Pearsall, the former wife of James G. Blaine, Jr., and shot himself through the head.
  3. A Private Madness: The Genius of Elinor Wylie.  By Evelyn Helmick Hively. Page 27. "He (Philip) had been popular at Harvard, a member of the Hasty Pudding Club ... Mildly erratic behavior worsened after a serious fall from a horse, and doctors at Johns Hopkins diagnosed dementia praecox, according to Mrs. Hoyt." (Page 29) His (suicide) note said, "I am not to blame for this. I think I have lost my mind."
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Philip Simmons Hichborn's Timeline

September 30, 1882
Philadelphia, Philadelphia , Pennsylvania, United States
September 22, 1907
Age 24
Washington, Washington , D.C., United States
March 27, 1912
Age 29
Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, United States
Age 29
Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States