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Manuscript Diaries of Marguerite Lloyd, daughter of Major Harlan Page Lloyd, of Cincinnati, Ohio, law partner of Alfonso Taft and his son, President William Howard Taft, 1888-1901
10 diaries, 3280 manuscript pages, plus an additional 141 manuscript pages of memoranda, notes, cash accounts, and addresses, includes diaries for the years 1888-1890, 1892, 1894-1896, 1899-1901; five volumes are bound in leather, four volumes bound in cloth, one volume half leather, marbled paper covered boards with rear board and spine nearly detached, other volumes are in good sound condition. Manuscript diaries kept by Marguerite Lloyd, daughter of prominent Cincinnati lawyer, Harlan Page Lloyd. Marguerite's diaries document the life of a well to do young woman, she attends school, social functions. Marguerite does not do chores or housework. The diaries cover the years 1888 through 1901, during which time Marguerite was living with her parents in Cincinnati up until her first marriage in July of 1896. She then lived with her in-laws after her husband's untimely death, the same day they were wed. She then married a second time in 1899 and moved with her new husband to Glen Ridge, New Jersey. The diaries cover the periods of both marriages and the death of her first husband.Marguerite Lloyd (1873-1941) Marguerite Lloyd was born at Cincinnati, Ohio, 26 April 1873. She was the daughter of Major Harlan Page Lloyd (1838-1913) and Harriet Raymond (-1890). Marguerite's mother was the daughter of John H. Raymond, LL.D., who was one of the organizers, and a president, of Vassar College. Marguerite's father, Harlan, was born in Angelica, Allegheny County, New York. He graduated Hamilton College in 1856 and was admitted to the New York Bar at Albany in 1861. Harlan Page Lloyd began his military career as a private in the 24th New York Light Artillery on August 30, 1862. Military life suited him well and he rose up through the ranks to sergeant in November 1862, 1st sergeant in January 1863, and was discharged for a promotion to 1st lieutenant of the 22nd New York Cavalry in February 1864. With the 22nd, he fought hard with his men at Spotsylvania and Cold Harbor, and earned his final promotion to captain in December 1864. While campaigning with Sheridan and acting as an aide to Custer during the Shenandoah Campaign, he was wounded in the lung. Determined to finish his service towards the end of the war, he continued to fight until he mustered out with his men at Winchester, Virginia on August 1, 1865. At one time he was promoted to major but there are no records of the promotion. After the war, Harlan Page Lloyd formed a legal practice in Cincinnati in partnership with Alphonso Taft, the father of President William Howard Taft. The firm was called Taft & Lloyd. In January 1883 the future President William Howard Taft became a partner with Marguerite's father under the firm name of Lloyd & Taft. Lloyd was the only law partner that the future president ever had. The firm lasted for several years, breaking up in March of 1887 when Taft was appointed by Ohio Governor Joseph B. Foraker to the position of judge of the Superior Court of Cincinnati.Major Lloyd married Marguerite's mother in Poughkeepsie, New York in June 1869. Together Major Lloyd and his wife had at least two children: Raymond and Marguerite Lloyd.Marguerite is found living on Southern Avenue in Cincinnati in the 1880 Census, which matches the inscription inside her 1889 Diary. Besides her parents and her brother Raymond, the family also had two live in servants. The diary for 1888 contains entries showing that Marguerite attended the Ogontz School for Young Ladies, an elite and prestigious school in Philadelphia that operated for a century, from 1850-1950. Marguerite Lloyd became engaged to broker Howard Robinson Benedict of New York City in March 1896. The couple was to be married in November of the same year. However, on July 1st Benedict contracted pneumonia and about July 18th he came down with peritonitis and blood poisoning. Knowing he would not live long, he asked Marguerite to marry him immediately on his death bed, which she did. They married at 10:30 A.M. on July 21st and by 6:20 P.M. he was dead. Benedict lived in New York City at 14 East Seventeenth Street. The couple was married in the presence of Benedict's brother, James H. Benedict, Jr., and Benedict's sister-in-law, Mrs. LeGrand L. Benedict. His burial was put off until his parents could return from Europe.Howard Benedict was the son of James H. Benedict, whose brother, the banker and yachtsman Elias Cornelius Benedict (1834-1920), was a good friend of President Grover Cleveland (1837-1908). It was on E.C. Benedict's yacht, the Oneida, that Cleveland had his secret surgery to remove a cancerous growth from his jaw in 1893. One of E.C. Benedict's sons, Frederick Hart Benedict, married the daughter of Standard Oil founder and Florida developer Henry Morrison Flagler (1830-1913). James H. Benedict and his brother E.C. were in business together for many years. In 1888, Howard R. Benedict formed a broker's partnership with his brother James, Jr., and they went into business at 48 Exchange Place. LeGrand was admitted to the firm in 1893.Marguerite married a second time on 18 October 1899 to Rufus B. Cowing, Jr. Cowing was born 12 December 1869, in New York City. He was an attorney. The couple is later found living in Glen Ridge, New Jersey in the 1910 Social Register. She and her husband were still living there in the 1930 Census. Cowing's father, of the same name, was a Judge of the Sessions Court in New York. Marguerite and Rufus had at least two children together: Dorothy Benedict Cowing born on 7 August 1900 and Rufus Balch Cowing, born about 1903. Marguerite Lloyd Cowing died in 1941. She was buried in Rosedale Cemetery, in Orange, Essex County, New Jersey.Description of the Diaries:The 1888 diary contains entries dated September to December, when she was attending the prestigious women's school in Philadelphia the "Ogontz School for Young Ladies." The entries mention some of the early teachers and principals of the school, such as Harriett A. Dillaye, Frances E. Bennett, and Sylvia Eastman. Marguerite discusses her classmates, their activities, the lectures (topics and the speakers) they attend, visits to Philadelphia to go shopping, or walks over to Shoemaker Town (in Cheltenham Township near Ogontz) just outside of Philadelphia, where they go to buy fruit.In 1889, Marguerite was still attending the Ogontz School and after Christmas break (1888) she takes a train back to Philadelphia from Cincinnati to begin school again. She finishes the spring semester, goes home to visit family during the summer and returns to Ogontz in the fall for school.The 1890 diary begins in January when she returns to school at Ogontz, she remains at school until April when she is called home due to her mother's illness. Her mother never recovered and died on April 30th. After the funeral, Marguerite stays in Cincinnati until late May when she returns to Ogontz to pack her things, and return home to Cincinnati to be with her father. She and her father, take a train to New York City, stopping at various places to visit family and friends, finally arriving at New York City where they take a steamer to Liverpool, England and vacation in Europe for an extended stay, visiting England, Scotland, Holland, Germany, France, Italy, Luxemburg, before heading back to England, and then home to Cincinnati in the fall. Marguerite apparently does not return to school at Ogontz, she stays at home and helps care for her father, who is now alone. Raymond, her brother was attending Yale University, which is where the 1890 diary ends. Rather than attend school; she takes some private lessons in music, French, and studies English literature on her own.The next diary is for the year 1892. In the summer she makes a trip east to New York, then later in November, Marguerite goes to Europe again, this time staying in Germany for an extended period, where she studies piano and voice in Dresden. Much of the diary, before her travels to Europe, is taken up with everyday activities in Cincinnati, spending time with friends, family, taking lessons, etc.The 1894 diary finds her traveling to New York, and then up to New Haven, to visit her brother who apparently appears was still studying at Yale. She joins her father in New York, who was already east on business. The entries reveal much about her life in Cincinnati, her friends, family, studying French, music, lectures, etc. She also makes another trip to Europe, returning to Germany in the early summer, and remains from late June to October in Europe (also visited England again). She traveled with her father and a woman she calls "mother," although her biological mother died in 1890. This was perhaps a grandmother, or second wife of her father? Not clear. In April of 1894 her diary notes for the first time a "Mr. Benedict, a young lawyer"who later became Marguerite's first husband.Marguerite's 1895 diary begins to mention Howard R. Benedict, her future 1st husband, more often as they begin to spend more time together when she is in New York. Marguerite traveled there at least once a year, sometimes more. She goes east again in February to New York City and the Philadelphia areas. She made another trip in the summer to upstate New York and New York City, both times spending more time with Benedict. There are many entries on her everyday activities while at home and while travelingThe 1896 diary begins with Marguerite and Benedict spending New Year's Day together. In the spring she makes a trip to Baltimore to visit a friend and to Washington, D.C.to visit her aunt and uncle. Marguerite marries Howard R. Benedict on his deathbed in July. Marguerite receives a diamond engagement ring from Benedict in January and the plan was to marry in November, but when Benedict became ill in early July and his doctors told him he would not live, he sent for Marguerite, who was still in Washington, and they were married on the morning of July 21st. Benedict died later that evening. Marguerite fell into a depression, speaking of feeling "blue" several times. She remained in New York with the Benedict family and also spends time with her aunt and uncle in Washington. She returned to Cincinnati at the end of the year for the holidays.There are no diaries for 1897 and 1898, but there is one for 1899. Approximately three years after her husband's untimely death, in January 1899 Rufus B. Cowing's name is first mentioned. Rufus and Marguerite strike up a relationship and in October they marry. An entry in November states it was the couple's anniversary, so perhaps they likely met in November of 1898. There is much in the diary concerning her daily life, as a newly married couple, something she never experienced in her first marriage. She remains in the New York area, and eventually the couple moved to Glen Ridge New Jersey.The 1900 diary notes the birth of Marguerite's daughter Dorothy Benedict Cowing, born on 7 August 1900 at 5:15 p.m. The diary entries describe her life as a newlywed and a new mother.The 1901 diary continues regularly until about September and from September to December there are not many entries. Marguerite is now married and the mother of a daughter.Overall, the entries in Marguerite's ten diaries provide insight into the life a woman born into a wealthy and prominent family, one which allowed her to study and travel abroad. Her life was freed from the type of cares and menial labors of most women of her time, there was no housekeeping or chores to do, her family had servants to take care of those matters. She was a woman with an intellectual curiosity, who studied languages, literature, and music, and was prominent in the social circles of Cincinnati, with an extensive circle of family and friends in New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C.
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