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LTC James McHenry Hollingsworth

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LTC James McHenry Hollingsworth

  • Original Name John McHenry Hollingsworth
  • Birth 11 Feb 1823 Baltimore, Baltimore City, Maryland, USA
  • Death 15 Apr 1889 Georgetown, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA
  • Burial Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA
  • Plot Reno Hill, Lot 834.
  • Memorial ID 55570193

He was the author of The Journal of Lieutenant John McHenry Hollingsworth of the First New York Volunteers (Stevenson's Regiment), September 1846-August 1849. Born John McHenry Hollingsworth he changed his name to James McHenry Hollingsworth. His first name on his 1889 death certificate is James. He is also referred to as James in his April 16, 1889 Evening Star obituary. The current website of Mount Vernon (mountvernon.org) refers to him as James M. Hollingsworth.

He was the Superintendent of Mount Vernon from 1872 to 1885. He served in the Mexican War and crossed the plains with John Fremont.

The Evening Star Tuesday, April 16, 1889
Colonel Hollingsworth Dead
Eventful Career of the Late Superintendent of the Mount Vernon Estate
Colonel James McH. Hollingsworth, a well-known resident of this District and for thirteen years the popular Superintendent of the Mount Vernon estate, died yesterday afternoon at 3:30 o'clock, at his home on West Street, in Georgetown. His death was the result of Bright's Disease. Colonel Hollingsworth was a native of Baltimore, having been born in the monumental city about seventy years ago. When Scott went to Mexico Hollingsworth was one of the patriots who followed him and as an officer of the staff of General H.W. Halleck, he fought to the end of the war. Toward the close of the Mexican War he was the bearer of dispatches to Washington and upon his return to his duty his regiment shortly afterward disbanded. It was at this time that he was seized with the gold fever and it was said that he was one of the first to enter the Yosemite Valley. He never accumulated wealth in California. When he came back to the east he was appointed the Georgetown collector for the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, which place he filled satisfactorily for a long time. He successfully commanded the Potomac Light Infantry, the crack organization of its day and when the War of the Rebellion broke out the company grew to a battalion and with Captain Hollingsworth as Major, it did duty in Virginia. The Major soon became Lieutenant Colonel and when he left the Army he returned to his Georgetown home. The Board of Regents of Mount Vernon appointed him Superintendent of their valuable trust in 1872 and he rendered them faithful and popular service until 1885, when he retired to rest in his old age. The Colonel left a widow, but no children. He was an honorary member of Potomac Lodge, No. 5, F.A.A.M., which organization will conduct the funeral services. The deceased was a great-grandson of Justice Samuel Chase, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. His funeral will take place from the chapel at Oak Hill Cemetery tomorrow afternoon at 3:30 o'clock.

The Critic Record April 18, 1889
Funeral of Colonel Hollingsworth
The funeral of the late J. McH. Hollingsworth took place yesterday afternoon at 4:30 o'clock from his residence in Georgetown. It was largely attended and the floral offerings were numerous and beautiful. The following were the honorary pall-bearers: G. Green, Mayhew Plater, William Gordon, H.M. McDowell, William Dodge, William Matthews, S.M. McKenney and M. Adler. The interment was at Oak Hill.

From A Portrait of old Georgetown
Colonel Hollingsworth was the Superintendent of Mount Vernon before Colonel Dodge. I remember Colonel Hollingsworth well, a tall, fine-looking old gentleman, with a long, white beard. Of course in those days we went to Mount Vernon by way of the river, on the steamer W.W. Corcoran. It is still, I think, by far the most pleasant way to approach the dignified old mansion and Captain Hollingsworth would often be on the boat and talk with us. I've never forgotten the dear old-fashioned nosegay he picked and gave me from Mrs. Washington's garden.


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  • Created by: SLGMSD
  • Added: 28 Jul 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 55570193
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for LTC James McHenry Hollingsworth (11 Feb 1823–15 Apr 1889), Find A Grave Memorial no. 55570193, citing Oak Hill Cemetery, Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA ; Maintained by SLGMSD (contributor 46825959) .