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Mary Todd Lincoln

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Rose Tyler
Mr. Doctor
U.S History
March 12, 1989
Mary Todd Lincoln; an Important Woman in US History

Mary Todd Lincoln was a very influential woman during her time as the first lady of the United States, and even before. She was very well educated, a privilege that not all girls had at the time. She was outspoken and wanted to be heard. Mary Todd Lincoln was also very ambitious, and used her ambitious ways to influence Abraham Lincoln. Due to her intelligence, unique personality and ambition Mary Todd Lincoln is deserving of an important place in history, so she is not forgotten.

One of many interesting things about Mary Todd Lincoln was how well educated she was. She had a total of eleven years of schooling. She had a passion for reading and writing, and she excelled in most of her subjects. She also enjoyed acting, which aided her in her talent to mimic others. Many people considered her an excellent conversationalist, although she was often sharp tongued which might have led people to think she was rude. Her extensive education helped her to gain the attention of many suitors once she was of age. Among these suitors was Abraham Lincoln, who took interest in Mary Todd because she was intelligent and unique. Her intelligence made her interesting, and worthy of being remembered.

Mary Todd Lincoln also had a very unique personality, her outspoken attitude and charismatic ways were not commonly found in a woman of her time. Mary Todd loved to talk about her opinions, and she wanted to be heard, and taken seriously. She also liked to host parties in her earlier years, and was often described by guests as someone who was “amiable, gracious and a sparkling talker”. Another unique personality trait she possessed was empathy. While growing up her father had slaves, or as she referred to them servants, and during this time in America people looked down on African Americans, and many treated them like property. Mary Todd Lincoln always had...