Mary Tolman Buttrick, 1887.35. Mary Tolman Buttrick, 1887. From a cabinet card, presented by Mary Sherman Parsons, 2003.

The confident and resolute-looking young woman in this photograph was a great-great-granddaughter of Major John Buttrick, one of Concord's Revolutionary heroes. Mary Tolman Buttrick was born in 1867. Her father was William Buttrick, whose father was Stedman (donor to Concord of the land on which French's Minute Man statue stands; see #45), whose father was Jonas, whose father was Major John.

In 1892, Mary Buttrick married into a Concord family as prominent as the one into which she had been born. She was the second wife of Sherman Hoar—son of Judge Ebenezer Rockwood Hoar and nephew of Senator George Frisbie Hoar. Sherman Hoar was a lawyer, congressman, and United States district attorney under President Cleveland. The couple lived in the home built by Sherman's father on Main Steet (now 194). In 1898, Mrs. Hoar was left a widow with two young children. Her husband died of typhoid malarial fever, contracted while visiting southern hospitals as a member of the executive committee of the Massachusetts Volunteer Aid Association during the Spanish-American War.

After her husband's death, Mary Buttrick Hoar raised her children and remained part of Concord life. She was president of the Concord Garden Club and belonged to the Concord Woman's Club and the Ladies' Tuesday Club. From the 1920s, she lived at Overlea, a heavily renovated version of Battle Lawn, the Liberty Street estate built by Edwin Shepard Barrett in 1879 (see #15). She died there in December of 1952. Overlea was taken down in 1953.

This photograph is part of a collection of family papers given to the library by Mary Buttrick Hoar's granddaughter.

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