April 13: Mary Ann Kendall Greene (1875)

Mary Ann Kendall was the first child of Amos and Mary Woolfolk Kendall. Amos Kendall was an influential journalist and politician whose writings and support of Andrew Jackson helped raise the Democratic Party to the national stage. Kendall contributed to newspapers, served as Jackson’s postmaster general, and was one of Jackson’s “Kitchen Cabinet” of personal advisers. Kendall’s investment in Samuel Morse’s telegraph made him a wealthy man. Kendall donated land to provide a home for the Columbia Institution for the Deaf and Dumb (today’s Gallaudet University) and persuaded Congress to charter the new institution. He also contributed significantly to the construction of Calvary Baptist Church, in downtown Washington.

Mary Ann Kendall married Daniel Gold, the chief clerk in the Office of the Clerk, U.S. House of Representatives. The Golds had two sons, one of which (William Jason Gold) became an Episcopal priest and seminary professor and was featured in this series on January 13. After Daniel Gold’s death, his will provided for his sons’ education, both of which graduated from Harvard. Mary Ann later married Joseph Greene. Three of Mary Ann Kendall Greene’s children were baptized at Epiphany within a matter of months in the midst of the Civil War. The Greenes traveled abroad after the Civil War as Joseph took a foreign service post. Mary Ann was troubled by constant respiratory distress, which may have been untreated tuberculosis, and the Greenes later moved west in search of a healthier climate. They eventually settled in Faribault, Minnesota, where Mary Ann died and is buried.

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