Esther Jane "Jennie" Tuttle Hobart (April 30, 1849 – January 8, 1941) was the wife of Vice President Garret Hobart and a philanthropist and community activist in New Jersey.
|Second Lady of the United States|
March 4, 1897 – November 21, 1899
|Vice President||Garret Hobart|
|Preceded by||Letitia Stevenson|
|Succeeded by||Edith Roosevelt (1901)|
|Born||April 30, 1849|
Paterson, New Jersey, U.S.
|Died||January 8, 1941 (aged 91)|
Haledon, New Jersey, U.S.
|Resting place||Cedar Lawn Cemetery|
|Spouse(s)||Garret Hobart (1869–1899)|
Born and raised in Paterson, New Jersey, she was the daughter of the prominent attorney Socrates Tuttle and his wife, Jane Winters. She married Garret Hobart in Paterson on July 21, 1869, at the start of his career as a lawyer and politician. They had two children, Garret Jr. and Fannie, who died in 1895. In 1896 her husband was elected Vice President of the United States and the family moved to Washington, D.C.. As Second Lady of the United States, Hobart often served as White House hostess because the First Lady, Ida Saxton McKinley, suffered from epilepsy. Vice President Hobart died of heart failure on November 21, 1899. After his death, she returned to Paterson and became involved in community affairs. She was a close friend of Mrs. McKinley and rushed to Buffalo, New York, to offer her support when President McKinley was shot in September 1901. She died of pneumonia on January 8, 1941, in Haledon, New Jersey, where she had been living on her son's farm, and was buried in Cedar Lawn Cemetery in Paterson, New Jersey.
| Second Lady of the United States
Title next held byEdith Roosevelt
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The title later fell out of favor, but was revived in the 1980s. During the 1990s the title was again abandoned, in favor of "wife of the Vice President", but was later resurrected during the presidency of Barack Obama. Its use was continued by the administration of Donald Trump,, although Donald Trump himself said, during his presidency, that he had never heard the term.Fourteen Second Ladies have gone on to become First Lady of the United States during their husband's terms as President. The first to do this was Abigail Adams, who was married to John Adams, who was the first Vice President from 1789 to 1797 and then second President from 1797 to 1801. The last to do this was Barbara Bush, who was married to George H. W. Bush, who was the 43rd Vice President from 1981 to 1989 and then 41st President from 1989 to 1993.
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