Thursday, September 5, 2013

Fact of the Day: Mary Ann Todd

In the 19th century, a young woman named Mary Ann Todd was courted by a Democratic politician named Stephen A. Douglas. Todd eventually married a fellow Whig, which Douglas later defeated in a Senate race in Illinois. The two gentlemen faced each other in politics one last time in the 1860 President election, and Mary Todd became first lady as her husband Abraham Lincoln became president. 

29 comments:

Kati said...

Interesting story - and her dress is very pretty!

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-Kati

DWei said...

Huh, how old was she when this happened?

Cloudia said...

You come up with cool facts!



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Redischic said...

nice post!

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Elle
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Anonymous said...

I wonder if she felt smug seeing her ex defeated!

Just Keepin It Real, Folks! said...

I hear she was a firecracker!!!

DEZMOND said...

that's a lot of plush for the gown...

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

I bet she was pretty proud about that.

Sammie said...

very interesting :) must be fun to see the ex fail ;)

Optimistic Existentialist said...

I loved Sally Field's portrayal of her in "Lincoln"

Al Penwasser said...

I was skeptical at first that Gidget could pull it off, but so did I.

Al Penwasser said...

What a sad, tragic, complicated story that is, huh?
Then Mary became nuttier than a bag of squirrels.
Quite sad.

Karen Baldwin said...

Guess she knew how to pick a winner.

Al Penwasser said...

By the way, nice picture choice. I think most people would be surprised that she was fairly attractive.

Adam said...

she didn't age well that's all I can say

Pat Hatt said...

A political triangle in more ways than one

A Beer for the Shower said...

Al beat me to it, but yeah, that's a very... flattering picture. The rest of them don't nearly make her look so good.

Christine said...

no kidding! interesting.

Pilar Domínguez said...

I am learning lots of things with your blog. Kisses:)

Sharon said...

I love her dress but she looks so old to get married!

CiCi said...

Great trivia info. I did not know this. I learn new stuff from you.

DeniseinVA said...

She had a lot of tragedy in her life.

Maude Lynn said...

I didn't know she was courted by Douglas!

Adam said...

well I think the photo was taken after she was married. Photography didn't really start to get big until about the time she was first lady.

Natasha said...

I did not know this one either! I always learn something new from your blog. - Tasha xxx

Emmylou said...

So weird I actually know this because of the movie Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter....no joke!

Theresa Mahoney said...

She looks much prettier here than the actress that portrayed her in the movie Lincoln!

Debra She Who Seeks said...

She backed the right horse!

Kay said...

She may have married the right man, but it did bring a life of sorrow.