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The Presidentâs Wife Mary Todd Lincoln by Ishbel Ross
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The Presidentâs Wife Mary Todd Lincoln by Ishbel Ross
The Presidentâs Wife Mary Todd Lincoln by Ishbel Ross
The Presidentâs Wife Mary Todd Lincoln by Ishbel Ross
The Presidentâs Wife Mary Todd Lincoln by Ishbel Ross

The President’s Wife Mary Todd Lincoln by Ishbel Ross

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The President’s Wife – Mary Todd Lincoln
By ~ Ishbel Ross
Published ~ G. P. Putnam’s Sons
Copyright ~ 1973
Pages ~ 378
SBN ~ 399-11132-8
Size ~ 8 ½” X 6”
Condition ~ Excellent Hardback

“Mary Todd Lincoln – one of the most remarkable and controversial First Ladies in American history – comes vividly to lice in this romantic, yet scholarly biography. It portrays not only the familiar Mary Lincoln of the campaign and White House years, an ambitious, driving young woman, but also the less familiar young girl growing up in Kentucky in the nineteenth century. Ishbel Ross draws a splendid picture of life in the South in the 1800’s and of Mary’s first contact with slavery and the slave market and with political leaders such as Henry Clay, who helped her develop her own strong political instincts.

The story continues with a fascinating account of Mary as an ardent young belle, courted by both Lincoln and Douglas, and of her first years with Lincoln, when she became the propelling force in his life through a long period of discouragement and poverty. Their love story is unique, as is her place among President’s wives. As a controversial First Lady, she became increasingly embroiled in politics and attempted to exert her influence wherever she could, despite the hostility that often greeted her. She made over the White House, and her role as a hostess and extravagant spender was legendary.

And finally, the book traces her declining years, when the shocks of her husband’s assassination by her side and the death of her three sons, Eddy in 1850, Willie in 1862, and Tad in 1871 left her an emotionally shattered woman.

Written with perception and sympathy, this is an in-depth portrait of a fascinating figure, whose history will be more fully understood today than it could ever have been in the century in which she lived.”

Book is in excellent condition, some bumping on the corners and shelf wear on the edge of the spine. Color is a marbled red with black (picture looks more blue). Jacket is in good condition, some scuffing, some small tears but overall good.

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