MRS. HUGH McLAUGHLIN
Democratic Leader’s Widow, Made a Marchioness, Dies at 85
The New York Times, April 3, 1915
Mrs. Sarah Ellen McLaughlin, the widow of Hugh McLaughlin, for many years the Democratic leader of Kings County, died yesterday morning at her home 163 Remsen Street, Brooklyn, at the age of 85 years. She was a Marchioness of the Roman Catholic Church and was known for her philanthropic and charitable work, hospitals and orphan asylums, being her particular benefactions.
Mrs. McLaughlin was born in Lafayette, Sussex County, New Jersey, and was a daughter of Martin R. Kays, a farmer of that place. Her family were of the Dutch Reformed faith, but before her marriage she joined the Roman Catholic Church. She met Mr. McLaughlin while visiting the Brooklyn Navy Yard with friends. Mr. McLaughlin was at that time a foreman of workers in that yard. He was called “Boss” McLaughlin by the men under him and this appellation stuck to him when he entered politics and became a leader. Explaining how he came to be so called, Mr. McLaughlin always claimed, with evident, that he was “the only original political boss.”
Because of her work for the church, Mrs. Mcaughlin in 1908 was given the title of Marchioness of the Papal nobility by Pius X. Mrs. McLaughlin is survived by two daughters, Mrs. William C. Courtney and Mrs. Benedict C. Roache. Funeral services will be held on Monday in St. James’ Pro-Cathedral. The Right Rev. George W. Mundlelein, Auxiliary Bishop of Brooklyn, will officiate.