Mary, Mary Son Robert Now, President Lincoln discussed on Encyclopedia Womannica
Eighteen sixty one. Abraham Lincoln became the sixteenth president of the United States during her years is the first lady. Mary faced a number of personal difficulties. Stemming from the nation's political divisions Lincoln was considered the country's first western President having grown up in Illinois Mary meanwhile was from a Border State. Her family had owned slaves. Several of her half brothers fought and died for the confederacy. Despite her staunch support of emancipation Mary was considered by many critics to be course and pretentious. She struggled to navigate the social responsibilities and high national intrigue that surrounded the White House during the civil war. Mary was also often ill. She suffered from severe headaches. Depression fatigue and mood swings. She became known for her fierce temper. Public outbursts prompting Lincoln's personal secretary to famously nickname. Her the Hell Cat Mary symptoms coupled with her bouts of excessive spending have led some historians to suggest she may have suffered from bipolar disorder. Others have floated pernicious anemia as the cause. Regardless daily life was not easy for Mary. Eighteen sixty two. Marys FAVORITE SON. Willie suddenly fell ill and died at the age of eleven. Mary was bedridden with grief for weeks. She couldn't bring herself to ever enter the room in which Willie died again. The president's grief took a different route every Tuesday at the height of the civil war. He sequestered himself inside that same room. On April Fifteenth. Eighteen sixty five Abraham and. Mary attended the comic play. Our American cousin at Ford's theatre just a few days before the civil war had essentially ended. Spirits were high during the Third Abe and Mary moved closer to one another holding hands. What will Miss Harris think of by hanging onto you so whispered Mary? She won't think anything about it? Replied Abe smiling minutes later. President Lincoln was shot in the back of the head by John Wilkes booth. Mary accompanied her husband across the street to the Peterson. House where he was brought into a back room. President Lincoln remained in a coma for nine hours before dying the next morning just after seven. Am Mary was allowed into the room to say goodbye. As one witness described she again seated herself by the president kissing him and calling him every enduring name now a widow. Mary moved to Chicago with her two remaining sons Robert and tad eighteen seventy the US. Congress gave Mary a life pension of three thousand dollars a year at the time it was unprecedented for the Widows of presidents to receive such financial support but. Mary had argued fiercely for it. She insisted she deserved a pension. Just like any other widow of a soldier. As her husband was a fallen commander in eighteen seventy one. Mary's youngest son Tad died unexpectedly at the age of eighteen this loss coupled with the deaths of her husband and two other sons through Mary into an overpowering depression she became obsessed with the health of her surviving child who was now well into adulthood her surviving son. Robert was a rise in Chicago lawyer. Alarmed. At his mother's increasingly turbulent behavior Robert began proceedings to have Mary institutionalized after a trial she was committed to a private institution in Batavia Illinois in eighteen seventy five following the proceedings. Mary attempted suicide three months into her time at Bellevue Place. Mary began planning her escape. She smuggled letters to her lawyer and his wife a feminist lawyer in her own right she wrote to the editor of the Chicago Sun Times. Mary Son Robert Now. Facing the threat of public embarrassment and scrutiny relented. Mary was released into the custody of her sister who still lived in Springfield Illinois in eighteen. Seventy six. Mary was declared competent and was allowed to manage her own affairs. Mary spent the next four years of her life. Travelling around Europe ultimately settling in France but now nearing sixty Mary suffered from severe cataracts leaving her nearly blind in eighteen seventy nine. She fell from a step ladder and sustained injuries to her spinal cord. Mary returned to the US to lobby for an increased pension in eighteen eighty one despite negative press surrounding her spending habits and criticism for handling of personal finances. Mary once again won her case she returned to Springfield where she died. A few months later in eighteen eighty two at the age of sixty three this week of encyclopaedia will manica is brought to you by Madison Reed. Many Mavericks and legends throughout history are remembered for the color of their locks changing. My hair can get me new energy. Have you been creeping change to before I felt like coloring? 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