A 2013 - 2014 original C-SPAN feature series telling the stories of America's First Ladies - from Martha Washington to Michelle Obama -
through conversations with top experts, video tours of historic sites, and questions from C-SPAN's audience.

America's First Ladies — from Martha Washington to Michelle Obama
Mary Lincoln
First Lady: 1861 - 1865
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  • Mary Lincoln Program
  • Lincoln Bedroom in White House
  • Allida Black on Mary Lincoln's Image
  • William Seale on Mary Lincoln
  • Spending, debt and political ambition
  • Allida Black on Mary Lincoln
  • Author Jean Baker on Mary Lincoln
  • Personal troubles and entertaining during Civil War
  • Institutionalization and impact on family
  • Difficulties after the White House
  • Early life, hardships and mental health
  • Public perception of Mary Lincoln as First Lady
  • Richard Norton Smith on effect of sons' deaths
  • Edith Mayo on Mary Lincoln's overspending
  • Edith Mayo: "Not allowed to testify on her own behalf"
  • Liam Neeson and Holly Hunter portray Abraham and Mary Lincoln
  • Mary Todd Lincoln Retrial Reenactment
  • Pres. Lincoln & Confederate Pres. Davis's homes
  • Mary Tood's childhood home in Lexington, KY
  • Home in Springfield, Illinois
  • White House Lincoln Bedroom
  • Lincoln Cottage
  • First Lady Artifacts at the Lincoln Home
  • As a Political Partner
  • Institutionalization
  • After the White House
  • Influence on her Husband
  • After her Husband's Death
  • Spending in the White House
  • Her Image
  • Her love of Reading
  • Institutionalization by her son
  • Her Temper
  • Her Marriage
  • Her Childhood
  • Relationship with Elizabeth Keckley
  • Her Bedroom in Springfield, Illinois
  • Personality and Relationship with her husband
  • Her View on Politics
  • Abraham and Mary Lincoln
  • Mary Lincoln in Historical Press
  • Lincoln Bedrooms in their Springfield, Illinois Home
  • Lincoln House in Springfield, Illinois
  • Mary and Abraham Lincoln's Relationship
  • A brief introduction of Mary Lincoln
  • Edith Mayo on Mary Lincoln


Mary Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln
Our Heavenly Father sees fit, often times to visit us, at such times for our worldliness, how small and insignificant all worldly honors are, when we are thus so sorely tried.

Born - December 13, 1818 in Lexington, Kentucky

Parents - Robert Smith Todd & Eliza Ann Parker Todd

Married - November 4, 1842 to Abraham Lincoln

Children - Robert Todd (1843 – 1926),
Edward Baker (1846 – 1850),
William Wallace (1850 – 1862),
Thomas “Tad” (1853 – 1871)

Died - July 16, 1882 in Springfield, Illinois

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