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Topic Sixty-two:  Readings to Learn about Abraham Lincoln while in Springfield Penny Hunt-a-Puzzle

READING #14

PRESIDENT LINCOLN ASSASSINATED   MARY AND TAD EXPRESS GRIEF

Excerpts from the Mr. Lincoln's White House site

       Mrs. Lincoln and her husband's death, as well as their financial debts from shopping sprees immobilized her. It took over a month for her to recover enough from the president's death to leave the White House finally on May 22, 1865. For the next 17 years, she assumed the role of the martyr-widow, consumed by physical and mental illness, bedeviled by personal tragedy and personal torment, and shamed by family and country. She exiled herself to Europe in 1868 after public controversies over her finances and remained there until 1871 when she returned to Chicago. She was committed to an insane asylum by her son Robert in 1875 although she later won her release. On July 16, 1882, Mary Todd Lincoln died at the home of her sister in Springfield.

       Her husband's death and her financial debts from shopping sprees immobilized her. It took over a month for her to recover enough from the president's death to leave the White House finally on May 22, 1865. For the next 17 years, she assumed the role of the martyr-widow, consumed by physical and mental illness, bedeviled by personal tragedy and personal torment, and shamed by family and country. She exiled herself to Europe in 1868 after public controversies over her finances and remained there until 1871 when she returned to Chicago. She was committed to an insane asylum by her son Robert in 1875 although she later won her release. On July 16, 1882, Mary Todd Lincoln died at the home of her sister in Springfield.

Visit the Abraham Lincoln Research Site to learn many things about the Lincoln children.

Visit Mr. Lincoln's White House Site for a vast amount of information about the 16th President and family.

 

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