Mary Pratt Crompton Portrait
Born in Ireland, Mary Pratt met George Crompton in Hartford, Connecticut, and moved with him to Worcester after their marriage in 1853. Eleven years later they built Mariemont, the thirty-seven-room Elizabethan house on the late 20th century site of St. Vincent Hospital where the Cromptons welcomed the elite of Worcester society. Portrait busts of Mary and George Crompton by Randolph Rogers (1825-1892) may be seen in the galleries.
Mary Crompton spent her time as mother to her several children, as manager of the estate, and as traveling companion to her successful husband. George was the inventor and manufacturer who founded the company that evolved into Crompton & Knowles Loom Works, the largest loom factory in the world.