Jennie Tuttle Hobart is shown here, ca. 1897, at the time her
husband was U. S. Vice President. Hobart was born and raised in Paterson, the daughter of
a prominent attorney. She married Garret Augustus Hobart in 1869 as he was beginning his
career as a lawyer and Republican politician. After Garret Hobart was elected William
McKinley's vice president, in 1896, the family moved to Washington where Jennie Hobart
often served as hostess for McKinley, whose wife was in poor health. Her life as a
Washington hostess ended with her husband's death in office in 1899. Returning to
Paterson, Hobart enjoyed a long career as a philanthropist and community activist.