Monthly Archives: July 2013

The Polarizing Mrs. Lincoln

  Mrs. Lincoln is never viewed in neutral.  You either love her or hate her. Some historians evaluate Mary Todd Lincoln as a termagant who made Lincoln’s life a misery.  Some claim she is one of the most misunderstood characters … Continue reading

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The Common Touch: Presidential Style

The Common Touch, like Common Sense, is anything but Common.  The Elusive Quality of the Common Touch The Common Touch is one of those rare qualities that must be inborn, natural and absolutely sincere.  It can sometimes be affected, but … Continue reading

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The Washington Courtship

Was it a love match?  Or merely a partnership of mutual convenience? The Wealthy Widow Custis Martha Dandridge had married an old man.  She was seventeen; Daniel Parke Custis was past thirty-five.  But it had been a marriage of true … Continue reading

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Mary and Robert Lincoln: A Family Tragedy

The Widow Mary would have a tenuous and tragic relationship with her son Robert Lincoln for the remaining years of her life. The Family Situation Abraham Lincoln died without a will, thus his estate would be shared equally by Mary, … Continue reading

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Abraham Lincoln’s Life and Limb

Abraham Lincoln had an innate instinct for Public Relations – but with him, it usually meant “Political Realities.” The Fall of Fort Sumter Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) had only been President for six weeks when Fort Sumter was attacked in Charleston … Continue reading

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