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.

Wedding day photograph of Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd taken November 4, 1842 in Springfield, Illinois after three years of a stormy courtship and a broken engagement.

Wedding day photograph of Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd taken November 4, 1842 in Springfield, Illinois after three years of a stormy courtship and a broken engagement.

A young Mary Todd lincoln

Mary Todd Lincoln's Vanilla Almond Cake

A young Mary Todd lincoln

Letter from Mary Todd Lincoln to Abraham Lincoln. "Mary Todd Lincoln, who believed her great antipathy to the general was shared by the public, advised her husband in this letter to remove McClellan from the command. Whether she influenced her husband's decision is unknown, but on November 5, 1862, Lincoln placed the Union forces under the command of General Burnside." Library of Congress

Letter from Mary Todd Lincoln to Abraham Lincoln. "Mary Todd Lincoln, who believed her great antipathy to the general was shared by the public, advised her husband in this letter to remove McClellan from the command. Whether she influenced her husband's decision is unknown, but on November 5, 1862, Lincoln placed the Union forces under the command of General Burnside." Library of Congress

Mary Todd Lincoln memorial. Book in internet archives. I love this portrait of her.

Mary Todd Lincoln memorial. Book in internet archives. I love this portrait of her.

One of the rarer and seldom seen poses of Mary Todd Lincoln. Photographed and Carte de Visite published by Mathew Brady Studio.  *s*

One of the rarer and seldom seen poses of Mary Todd Lincoln. Photographed and Carte de Visite published by Mathew Brady Studio. *s*

Mary Todd Lincoln was a handful...but Lincoln loved her.

Mary Todd Lincoln was a handful...but Lincoln loved her.

Mary Todd Lincoln 1818-1882, Wife of Abraham

Mary Todd Lincoln 1818-1882, Wife

Mary Todd Lincoln 1818-1882, Wife of Abraham

Just 10 years after President Lincoln's assassination, his widow, Mary Todd Lincoln, was charged with insanity and put on trial in Chicago. The accuser was her only surviving son, Robert Lincoln. The trial was held on May 19, 1875 and she had received no prior warning or chance to organise a defense. The jury deliberated for only 10 minutes and she was institutionalized at Bellevue Place Asylum. Mary was released after less than 4 months but mother and son were never truly reconciled.

Just 10 years after President Lincoln's assassination, his widow, Mary Todd Lincoln, was charged with insanity and put on trial in Chicago. The accuser was her only surviving son, Robert Lincoln. The trial was held on May 19, 1875 and she had received no prior warning or chance to organise a defense. The jury deliberated for only 10 minutes and she was institutionalized at Bellevue Place Asylum. Mary was released after less than 4 months but mother and son were never truly reconciled.

Elizabeth Keckley (February 1818 – May 1907) bought her freedom and rose to become Mary Todd Lincoln's dress designer and personal confidant.

Elizabeth Keckley (February 1818 – May 1907) bought her freedom and rose to become Mary Todd Lincoln's dress designer and personal confidant.

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