The True Mary Todd Lincoln: A Biography

The True Mary Todd Lincoln: A Biography

by Betty Boles Ellison

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This new biography provides a startlingly different picture of Mary Lincoln, President Abraham Lincoln's wife. Preconceived myths about the former first lady are factually disproved. At times her judgment was faulty; in other instances it was brilliant. After her 1861 refurbishing of the Executive Mansion, she made no further furnishings purchases, only replacement items. The furniture she purchased is still in use and the Lincoln bed is well known. Committed to an insane asylum by her only surviving son, she organized, while under constant scrutiny, her friends in a skillfully successful scheme to obtain her freedom and resume control of her life and money. Mary Todd Lincoln had a brilliant mind, a caring heart and an exuberant personality and she was, in every aspect, a true partner to Abraham Lincoln.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781476615172
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 04/02/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 300
Sales rank: 1,109,843
File size: 9 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Betty Boles Ellison, a Lexington, Kentucky, journalist turned historian, has provided research for David Grubin’s PBS production, Abraham and Mary Lincoln, A House Divided; The Kentucky Encyclopedia; the Texas Historic Commission, and CBS Sports.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Preface 1

1 Mary Spreads Her Wings 5

2 Deeds Not Words 20

3 A New Mother 29

4 The Unsavory Business of Slavery 36

5 The Todds Move 46

6 Married Life Begins 56

7 Letters Tell Their Story 68

8 Laying a Presidential Foundation 80

9 "Mary, We Are Elected!" 91

10 Inauguration 105

11 Furnishing the President's House 117

12 Dirty Politics 127

13 Slings and Arrows 136

14 In the Blink of an Eye 142

15 Pivotal Year of 1863 155

16 Election Time, Again 170

17 Love Is Eternal 182

18 Europe Beckons 197

19 Fire and Brimstone 210

20 All That Remains 239

Chapter Notes 253

Bibliography 275

Index 279

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