Pauline (Pfeiffer) Hemingway
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Pauline Marie (Pfeiffer) Hemingway (1895 - 1951)

Pauline Marie Hemingway formerly Pfeiffer
Born in Parkersburg, Butler, Iowa, United Statesmap
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Wife of — married 10 May 1927 (to 4 Nov 1940) in Paris, Francemap
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Mother of [private son (1920s - unknown)] and
Died at age 56 in Los Angeles, California, United Statesmap
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Pauline Marie Pfeiffer was born on July 22, 1895 in Parkersburg, Butler County, Iowa. Her father was Paul Pfeiffer and her mother Mary Alice (Downey) Pfiefer.[1] In 1900, she lived in Monroe the same county.[2] Around 1901, the family moved to St. Louis, Missouri and lived on Morgan Street.[1][3] Pauline attended school at Visitation Academy and after graduating, she attended the University of Missouri School of Journalism where she graduated in 1918.[1]

After graduating college, she moved to Arkansas with her family and lived in St. Francis in Clay County. She was a reporter for a newspaper called Pipe.[4] After working for newspaper Clevevand Star in Cleveland, Ohio and the Daily Telegraph in New York. She began writing for magazines Vogue and Vanity Affair. In 1925, she and her sister Jinny were sent on assignment to Paris, France for Vogue magazine. While in France, she met an up and coming writer, Ernest Hemingway. They soon became involved in an affair, and Ernest divorced his first wife, and the two married in May 10, 1927 in Paris, France.[1][5][6] They continued to live in Europe after the marriage, until Pauline became pregnant. In 1928, they moved to Kansas City, Missouri, and Pauline gave birth to two sons, Patrick and Gregory ("Gig") [6]

In 1932, she and the family moved to Piggott, Clay County, Arkansas. It was here that Earnest wrote the first part of the novel Farewell to Arms. While Earnest was making money, they lived off of Pauline's money to fund their lifestyle. She became an editor for her husband, helping him with his manuscripts. She did not publish any books or stories of her own, but she was a frequent correspondent with Ernest and other writers. She also influenced Ernest's writing by introducing him to Catholicism and encouraging him to go on a safari in Africa.[6]

In 1940, she lived on Whitehead Street in Key West, Monroe County, Florida.[7] She and her husband divorced on November 4, 1940 after he had another affair and fell in love with the other women. Pauline remained in Florida with frequent visits to California. Pfeiffer died on October 1, 1951, a few hours after entering St. Vincent's Hospital in Los Angeles, California.[1][5][8] She was buried at Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Hollywood, Los Angeles County, California.[9]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Wikipedia Contributors. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, last edited on 20 Apr 2023. "Pauline Marie Pfeiffer." Accessed 24 Apr 2023.
  2. 1900 United States Federal Census: Year: 1900; Census Place: Monroe, Butler, Iowa; Roll: 420; Page: 14; Enumeration District: 0068 Ancestry Record 7602 #1817788
  3. 1910 United States Federal Census: Year: 1910; Census Place: St Louis Ward 28, Saint Louis City, Missouri; Roll: T624_823; Page: 16A; Enumeration District: 0451; FHL microfilm: 1374836 Ancestry Record 7884 #176876632
  4. 1920 United States Federal Census: Year: 1920; Census Place: Saint Francis, Clay, Arkansas; Roll: T625_57; Page: 5A; Enumeration District: 22 Ancestry Record 6061 #1982426
  5. 5.0 5.1 Hendricks, Nancy, Garland County Historical Society. Encyclopedia of Arkansas, last updated on 11 Mar 2020. "Pauline Pfeiffer (1895–1951)." Accessed 24 Apr 2023.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Newspaper Clipping, The Courier, Waterloo, Iowa, Sunday 20 Jun 1999. "Hemingway Heroine." Accessed 24 Apr 2023.
  7. 1940 United States Federal Census: Year: 1940; Census Place: Key West, Monroe, Florida; Roll: m-t0627-00601; Page: 9B; Enumeration District: 44-14 Ancestry Record 2442 #133203147
  8. Newspaper Clipping, The Bellingham Herald, Bellingham, Washington, Monday - October 1, 1951. "Pauline Hemingway, Author's Second Wife, Dies at 55." Accessed 24 Apr 2023.
  9. Burial: Find a Grave, database and images ( accessed 24 April 2023), memorial page for Pauline Pfeiffer Hemingway (22 Jul 1895–1 Oct 1951), Find A Grave: Memorial #5823, citing Hollywood Forever, Hollywood, Los Angeles County, California, USA; Maintained by Find a Grave.
  • See Also:
    • Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center, Piggott, Arkansas
    • 1900 US census Monroe, Butler, IA [1]
    • 1910 US census St Louis, Missouri
    • 1940 US census Key West, Florida with Husband and sons Patrick 4 yrs & Gregory 1 yr, both born Missouri [2]
    • California Death Index [3]
    • Florida, State Census, 1867-1945 about Pauline Hemingway [4]

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This FAG memorial contains quite an interesting biography of Pauline Pfeiffer. * Find a Grave, database and images (, memorial page for Pauline Pfeiffer Hemingway (22 Jul 1895–1 Oct 1951), Find a Grave Memorial ID 5823, citing Hollywood Forever, Hollywood, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find a Grave .

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