Theodora Millard “Dora” <I>Amsdell</I> Hawley

Theodora Millard “Dora” Amsdell Hawley

Albany, Albany County, New York, USA
Death 12 Oct 1922 (aged 53)
Albany, Albany County, New York, USA
Burial Menands, Albany County, New York, USA
Plot in Mausoleum with George Hawley
Memorial ID 50505918 · View Source
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THE HEROIC PORTRAIT STATUE OF MAJOR GENERAL PHILIP SCHUYLER: presented to the City of Albany by George C. Hawley in loving memory of his wife, Theodora M. Hawley. Albany: 1925 - Microfiche Sutro G3 LH4842
p. 5-7 "History of the Monument
"On October 12, 1922, Theodora Millard Hawley, the wife of George Clement Hawley, died at her residence in the City of Albany, N.Y.
"Mrs. Hawley was descended, on both her paternal and maternal sides, from families who have been identified with Albany for many years. Her father was Theodore M. Amsdell, a prosperous Albany merchant, of the generation that has just passed. Her marriage, March 23, 1892, to George Clement Hawley, was an occasion of note. There were no children of the marriage, a circumstance, perhaps, which had its influence in intensifying the close communion in which she and her husband lived.
"Mrs. Hawley was endowed, by inheritance from a long line of capable ancestors, with great natural ability and, by education, with culture and refinement. She cared little for the ordinary ceremonies of formal society. She shared with her husband a passionate fondness for flowers, and their conservatories, for many years have, afforded delight to themselves and pleasure to the citizens of Albany. She shared with him also a vivid interest in all that concerned the welfare of the City of Albany and its citizens. It was her broad and tender sympathies, not less than his, that dictated the generous philanthropies with which their names are associated in the minds of the citizens of Albany. No worthy cause launched in the City of Albany, within the last generation, has been without their generous assistance and many gifts, princely in their bountifulness, have been made to those philanthropies which promised most for the well being of the present and future citizens of Albany.
" The death of Mrs. Hawley followed shortly after her husband's retirement from active business. Since his retirement, and particularly since the death of his wife, Mr. Hawley has employed his leisure in philanthropic activities, and his wealth in large benefactions, many of which he has made in memory of his wife.
"In November, 1923, Mr. Hawley, an ardent student of the American Revolution, conceived the plan of perpetuating the memory of his beloved wife, of signalizing his desire to beautify the City of Albany and of honoring the name of a native Albanian who was one of the creators of this Republic, by erecting a portrait statue of heroic size of Major General Philip Schuyler. With characteristic energy he immediately retained J. Massey Rhind, the famous sculptor, to execute the commission...."
p. 28-29 "....This monument is an appreciation, a token of respect and admiration from a loyal Albanian of the twentieth century to a loyal Albanian of the eighteenth century. Each a representative of the day and generation of which they were a part, they clasp hands across the dividing years and the hand laid in benediction upon them is that of a woman. The name of Theodora Millard Hawley, the wife, homemaker, and companion, will be forever associated with this memorial. By this association womanhood honors, manhood, tenderness pays tribute to strength, the sweet and gentle representative of the home lauds the fearless protector and defender of its safety. In this union of memories, the memorial of the man in memory of the woman, is the ideal and fitting human combination, for in life this virile, masterly man had the tenderness and compassion of a woman and this woman combined with her sweet feminine personality, the masculine virtues of courage and endurance."

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  • Created by: C Zimmerman
  • Added: 31 Mar 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 50505918
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Theodora Millard “Dora” Amsdell Hawley (20 Apr 1869–12 Oct 1922), Find A Grave Memorial no. 50505918, citing Albany Rural Cemetery, Menands, Albany County, New York, USA ; Maintained by C Zimmerman (contributor 47238428) .