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Marian Clover Hooper Adams was born 13 September 1843 in Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts to Robert William Hooper (1810-1885) and Ellen H Sturgis (1812-1848) and died 6 December 1885 in Washington of commited suicide by swallowing potassium cyanide. She married Henry Brooks Adams (1838-1918) in Massachusetts.


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Marian "Clover" Hooper Adams was an American socialite, active society hostess, and arbiter of Washington, DC, and an accomplished amateur photographer.

Clover, who has been cited as the inspiration for writer Henry James's Daisy Miller (1878) and The Portrait of a Lady (1881), was married to writer Henry Adams. After her suicide, he commissioned the famous Adams Memorial, which features an enigmatic androgynous bronze sculpture by Augustus Saint-Gaudens, to stand at the site of her, and his, grave.

After Clover's death, Adams destroyed all the letters that she had ever written to him and rarely, if ever, spoke of her in public. She was also omitted from his The Education of Henry Adams. However, in letters to her friend Anne Palmer Fell, he opened up about his 12 years of happiness with Clover and his difficulty in dealing with her loss.[1]


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