Coit, Lillie Hitchcock, 1843-1929

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Eliza Wyche "Lillie" Hitchcock was born August 23, 1843 in West Point, New York to Dr. Charles and Martha Hitchcock. The three came to California in 1851. Lillie married Benjamin Howard Coit November 19, 1868 in San Francisco; he died in 1885. After 1904 Lillie lived in Paris, and traveled. In 1923 she returned to San Francisco, where she died July 22, 1929.

From the description of Lillie Hitchcock Coit diary, 1872 January 1-1872 March 18. (San Francisco Public Library). WorldCat record id: 526903874

Came to San Francisco with her parents in 1851. Became the mascot for the "Knickerbocker 5" fire fighters. One third of her fortune was left to the city of San Francisco, and using this money, Coit Tower on Telegraph Hill was constructed.

From the description of Lillie Hitchcock Coit Collection, 1865-1880. (California State Library). WorldCat record id: 58746686

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associatedWith Coit, Howard. person
associatedWith Dressler, Albert, 1887-1960 person
associatedWith Hitchcock family. family
associatedWith Hunter-Hitchcock-Coit families. family
associatedWith Knickerbocker Engine Company (San Francisco) corporateBody
associatedWith Mowry, Sylvester. person
associatedWith O'Connell, Daniel, 1849-1899. person
associatedWith Peck, Orrin M., 1860-1921. person
associatedWith Stoddard, Charles Warren, 1843-1909. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
San Francisco (Calif.)
California--San Francisco
San Francisco (Calif.)
California--San Francisco
Fire fighters
Cooking, American
Women--Social life and customs--19th century
Upper class


Birth 1843-08-23

Death 1929-07-22



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