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Another infamous dress on display at the Smithsonian that belonged to Mary Todd Lincoln

Another infamous dress on display at the Smithsonian that belonged to Mary Todd Lincoln

Mary Todd Lincoln, wife of Abraham Lincoln. Three-quarter length portrait, seated, facing front. Nicolas H. Shepherd, photographer. 1846

Mary Todd Lincoln, wife of Abraham Lincoln, traveled in Europe before returning to the U.S. where she was briefly committed to a mental institution. She died in Springfield, Illinois.

Mary Todd Lincoln, wife of Abraham Lincoln. Three-quarter length portrait, seated, facing front. Nicolas H. Shepherd, photographer. 1846

One hundred and 30 years after her death, Mary Todd Lincoln will be retried for insanity.    The former first lady was declared insane 10 years after the assassination of Abraham Lincoln in 1865, when her son Robert Todd Lincoln had her committed.

Mary Todd Lincoln to be retried for insanity

One hundred and 30 years after her death, Mary Todd Lincoln will be retried for insanity. The former first lady was declared insane 10 years after the assassination of Abraham Lincoln in 1865, when her son Robert Todd Lincoln had her committed.

Mary Todd Lincoln House, Lexington Kentucky

Mary Todd Lincoln House, Lexington Kentucky

Impress your guests with this traditional Mary Todd Lincoln White Cake Recipe, which contains candied cherries and pineapple.

Mary Todd Lincoln’s White Cake Recipe

Impress your guests with this traditional Mary Todd Lincoln White Cake Recipe, which contains candied cherries and pineapple.

This outfit believed to have been made by African American dressmaker Elizabeth Keckly and worn by the first lady during the winter social season of 1861–62. All three pieces are piped with white satin. The daytime bodice is trimmed with mother-of pearl buttons. Its lace collar is of the period but is not original to the bodice. The evening bodice is trimmed with lace and chenille fringed braid.

This outfit believed to have been made by African American dressmaker Elizabeth Keckly and worn by the first lady during the winter social season of 1861–62. All three pieces are piped with white satin. The daytime bodice is trimmed with mother-of pearl buttons. Its lace collar is of the period but is not original to the bodice. The evening bodice is trimmed with lace and chenille fringed braid.

Mary Todd Lincoln (Sally Field) embraces her son Robert Todd Lincoln (Joseph Gordon Levitt) as he returns home.

Mary Todd Lincoln (Sally Field) embraces her son Robert Todd Lincoln (Joseph Gordon Levitt) as he returns home.

Wedding day photograph of Abraham and Mary Lincoln,  November 4, 1842 in Springfield, Illinois.

Wedding day photograph of Abraham and Mary Lincoln, November 4, 1842 in Springfield, Illinois.

Mary Todd Lincoln, married to Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president. Her life was filled with great triumphs and great tragedy.  She was first lady during the civil war and neither the southerners nor the northerners accepted anything she did.  Her husband's assassination in 1865 shattered her and eventually she outlived her children as well. She struggled with mental illnesses.

Mary Todd Lincoln: Was She Insane?

Mary Todd Lincoln, married to Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president. Her life was filled with great triumphs and great tragedy. She was first lady during the civil war and neither the southerners nor the northerners accepted anything she did. Her husband's assassination in 1865 shattered her and eventually she outlived her children as well. She struggled with mental illnesses.

The Many Dresses of Mary Todd Lincoln, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum

The Many Dresses of Mary Todd Lincoln, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum

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