Lucius Benjamin Hoyt

Carpathia First Cabin Passenger

Lucius Benjamin  Hoyt

Mr Lucius Benjamin Hoyt (Carpathia passenger) was born in Albany, New York on 26 August 1848,1 the son of Lucius Hoyt, a store clerk, and Susan M. Kelderhouse, natives of Vermont and New York, respectively. 

Lucius worked as an office clerk before serving as an accountant and retiring on his own income. He was noted as being an active and staunch Republican and onetime supervisor of Albany’s fourteenth ward and election commissioner. In 1894, only weeks after his appointment, he was forced to step down as election commissioner in disgrace after appointing two inspectors known for their fraudulent activity. The local press said of him at the time:

If these men are retained on the list of election inspectors the name of Lucius B. Hoyt will be blackened with infamy. It Will go down to history that when the citizens of Albany united to preserve the honor of the city and to protect the purity of the ballot and to vindicate the principle of American suffrage, Lucius B. Hoyt stood in the way…

But Lucius B. Hoyt is not poor. He is not ignorant. He is a man known in business, known in society and known in politics; a man hitherto of standing and repute. If he persists to-day in his refusal to purge this list, the finger of public scorn will forever point at him through the remaining years of his life, and the reputation which he will lose will be justly and forever gone, never to be restored to him in Albany. - The Argus, 10 March 1894

Around 1875 he married Emma C. Ford but the couple had no children and by 1910 were living at 233 Hamilton Street in Albany. Records show that they made frequent trips across the Atlantic and in April 1912 were passengers aboard the Carpathia

Mr. and Mrs. Lucius B. Hoyt and Mr. and Mrs. Charles Reynolds, who were passengers on the Carpathia en route to Europe, saw the rescue of the passengers. They were accompanied by Reuben L. Widman. who returned to Albany, but the others re-embarked for Europe. - The Argus, 30 April 1912

Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Reynolds and Mr. and Mrs. Lucius B. Hoyt, who sailed on the Carpathia which returned to New York with rescued passengers from the Titanic, are at present in Liverpool. They will spend the greater part of the summer in France and Italy and will return to Albany in the early fall. - The Argus, 30 April 1912

Lucius Hoyt died in Albany on 9 January 1916 and was buried in Albany Rural Cemetery.


  1. Date as per passport; other sources give the date as 27 August 1847.

References and Sources

RMS Carpathia: First Class Passenger List printed on board
New York Times, 13 April 1912
Knickerbocker Press, 18 April 1912
Albany Express, 20 May 1891, Hoyt is Chairman
The Argus, 2 March 1894, Lucius B. Hoyt is named
The Argus, 10 March 1894, One Day More
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Günter Bäbler, Switzerland
Gavin Bell, UK

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