Mary Hoyt Wiborg was born in Cincinnati. On her mother's side she was descended from General William Tecumseh Sherman. A well-known member of the American colony in Paris, she aided the French in both World Wars. She won the French Medal of Honor for service on the Marne in World War I. During World War II, she worked for the French Red Cross and was named honorary corporal in the 213th Regiment of the French infantry, as its "marraine", or godmother. She remained in Paris during the German occupation, but left after the United States entered the war. She was subsequently active in the Resistance movement and was made a Chevalier of the Legion of Honor, returning to Paris immediately following liberation. She died in Paris March 26, 1964.