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Mary Todd Lincoln
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Mary Todd Lincoln

Mary Ann Todd (December 13, 1818 - July 16, 1882) was born in Lexington, Kentucky, the daughter of prominent residents of the city, Robert Smith Todd and Eliza Parker. At the age of twenty, Mary Todd moved to Illinois where her sister Elizabeth was living. Engaged to a very prominent young man, and future State Governor, at a reception Elizabeth Todd introduced Mary to a young lawyer, named Abraham Lincoln.

On November 4, 1842, she married Abraham Lincoln who later become the 16th president of the United States. Their children were:

  1. Robert Todd Lincoln : b. August 1, 1843 in Springfield, Illinois - d. July 26, 1926 in Manchester, Vermont.
  2. Edward Baker Lincoln : b. March 10, 1846 in Springfield, Illinois - d. February 1, 1850 in Springfield, Illinois
  3. William Wallace Lincoln : b. December 21, 1850 in Springfield, Illinois - d. February 20, 1862 in Washington, D.C.
  4. Thomas (Tad) Lincoln : b. April 4, 1853 in Springfield, Illinois - d. July 16, 1871 in Chicago, Illinois.

Mrs. Lincoln was committed by her son Robert to an Illinois insane asylum in 1875. She was released three months later.

Mary Todd Lincoln died at the Springfield, Illinois home of her sister Elizabeth on July 16, 1882.

Preceded by:
Harriet Lane
First Ladies of the United States Succeeded by:
Eliza McCardle Johnson

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