Mary Todd Lincoln

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Mary Todd Lincoln

I am Mary Todd Lincoln. I was born on December 13, 1818, and I died on July 16th, 1882. Throughout my life it seemed like everyone I loved or got close with died. My story is extensive, but this is my life. I was born in Lexington, Kentucky on December 13, 1818 to my parents, Robert Smith Todd and Elizabeth Parker-Todd. I was their fourth child out of seven children. When I was six years old, my biological mother died after giving birth to her seventh child. Father wanted to remarry, and he wouldn’t choose just anybody, so he chose a rich woman named Elizabeth Humphreys. Later my father went on to marry Elizabeth in 1826. I had a really hard time getting along with my new stepmother. From the start, we never got along. One day, I tried playing a joke on her by putting salt in her tea, but she eventually found out, and gave me the nickname “a limb of Satan”. Her and my father went on to have nine more children. I had three brothers, three sisters, four half-brothers and five half-sisters. I had 15 siblings from my mother and stepmother.
When I turned eight, my father sent me to the astounding, Shelby Female Academy. For the next six years, I studied and advanced there. Mr. Ward and his family made my early school years fantastic! So much to the point where I would run to school, and when I would get back home, I’d pour myself into my studies. When I was fourteen, my stepmother forced me to leave home and attend a boarding school owned by a French woman. I learned to speak French fluently, and I also studied dance, drama, and music. When I was around twenty years old I went to go visit my sister in Springfield, Illinois. There I got interested in an intelligent young man named Abraham Lincoln. After a hectic courtship, we got engaged, but it wasn’t for long! The engagement broke because Abraham didn’t think he could support me, and both our families didn’t accept our engagement. Later on, we engaged again.
On November 4, 1842, I married

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