Mary Hopkins Searles



Mary Frances Sherwood Hopkins Searles (1818–1891) married her first cousin, Mark Hopkins Jr. (1813-1878), in 1854. Her husband was one of the "Big Four" investors in the Central Pacific Railroad who became extremely wealthy. They lived in Sacramento and later in San Francisco where Mary persuaded her husband to build an ornate mansion on the top of Nob Hill. The Hopkins Mansion was finally completed in 1880, two years after Mark Hopkins' death. Mary hired an interior decoration firm to furnish her home and in 1887 married the company's decorator, Edward Frances Searles (1841-1920). Searles inherited most of Mary's fortune when she died four years after the wedding.

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