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Mary Todd Lincoln and Henry Clay

In 1832, Mary Todd was thirteen years old; Henry Clay was about to challenge Andrew Jackson for the Presidency. Ellerslie and Ashland Ellerslie Plantation, about three miles from Lexington, KY, was the ancestral home of the Todd family, named for … Continue reading

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Mary Lincoln’s Rivals

Thirty year old Harriet Lane enjoyed a hugely popular tenure as de facto First Lady in the late 1850s. Her social leadership was as successful as her Uncle James Buchanan’s political administration was a flop. When First Lady-to-be Mary Lincoln … Continue reading

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Abraham Lincoln, Father Abraham

There is no question that Abraham Lincoln loved his wife and children dearly, but was he a “family man” by nature? Lincoln: The Family Child Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) was born to a hard-working, but essentially poor family. By his own … Continue reading

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The Two Mary Lincolns Disaster

It was inevitable. Mary Todd Lincoln, mother-in-law, and Mary Harlan Lincoln, daughter-in law…  Mary Lincoln Meets Mary Harlan When the Lincolns came to Washington in 1861, they became acquainted with Senator and Mrs. James Harlan, Republicans of Iowa. In due … Continue reading

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