Lincoln spent his childhood on a small farm in Indiana. He preferred books to hard work, his neighbors even considered him a lazy child. The guy's farming was burdensome and as a teenager he left his father's house. For some time, Abraham settled in the small village of Salem, where he managed to work as a postmaster, and a merchant, and a lumberjack, and a surveyor, and a blacksmith. When the governor of Illinois called for volunteers to fight the Black Falcon Indians, Abraham, whose paternal grandparents were killed by the Indians, enlisted in the army, where he received the rank of captain.
Before the army, Abraham was a clumsy and rather timid guy, but the service and the rank of captain gave him confidence, and to the point that he even tried to get a seat in the Illinois House of Representatives. The idea then failed, but two years later he was elected from the Whig party. This is how the political career of the future president began.
In the life of every great person, there are certain patterns and a lucky break. For Abraham Lincoln, it was a happy occasion to meet one of the magistrates, after which the future president began to study jurisprudence on his own. He proved so stubborn that in 1836 he got a seat in the Chamber of Lawyers. A year later, Lincoln moved to Springfield, the new capital of Illinois, where he began working as a partner of a prominent attorney. Abraham was not yet 30, and he, the son of a poor immigrant, had already turned into a lawyer with wide private practice and a fairly well-known politician in the state.
Mary Todd was born in 1818 in Lexington, Kentucky to a wealthy aristocratic family. Her mother died in 1825, after which her father remarried. In 1839, Mary moved to Springfield, Illinois. At the new place of residence, she moved in rather high circles and was the object of courtship of a young and successful politician Stephen Douglas. However, soon the attention of Mary Todd was attracted by a simple lawyer Abraham Lincoln. Mary Todd, daughter of a wealthy southern planter, whom Lincoln affectionately referred to as "the fiery creature." He loved her, despite the fact that Mary was far from, let's say, not a simple character. Lincoln was 32 years old, Mary - 23. Her father was categorically against marriage and even broke off relations with his daughter for a while.
The young people met for two years and finally got married on November 4, 1842. Abraham Lincoln was a kind and gentle man. Probably because, just before his marriage, he fell into depression, not knowing how politely, without provoking her another tantrum, to refuse Mary Todd. On the other hand, it was an enviable commercial marriage that propelled the future president into the upper circles of society at the time.
It quickly became apparent that Abraham Lincoln's marriage to Mary Todd was a big mistake. Growing up in a wealthy family with dozens of black mothers and nannies, Mary was completely incapable of housekeeping and turned out to be unsuitable for family life. At first Lincoln jokingly, and then, apparently, and seriously said: "I should have taken my wife along with all her nannies." It was not customary to mention this, but Lincoln's marriage collapsed. He created the country, and she destroyed the family, although formally they lived together.
Mary was one of the ever-dissatisfied wives. She constantly complained, criticized her husband and scandalized about and without. Lincoln's biographer Senator Albert Beneridge wrote: “Mrs. Lincoln's loud, piercing voice was heard across the street. Her incessant outbursts of rage reached all the neighbors. Her anger was often expressed not only in words, but also in continuous ugly actions. " Mary was insanely jealous and completely lost control of herself during jealousy scenes. In front of many witnesses, she could throw a cup of hot coffee in her husband's face, and once a coffee pot flew into his head. She behaved unacceptably towards her husband. Lincoln resignedly endured the crazy character of his wife, only tried to reduce communication with her as much as possible. How do you like this woman who could splash coffee in her husband's face during dinner with the country's top officials? Endless scandals: either the husband said something wrong, dressed in the wrong way, or laughed too loudly at the reception ... And with all this, he disgraced her, which means that he deserved contempt and public humiliation, according to his wife.
The couple had four sons: Robert Todd Lincoln (1843–1926), Edward Baker Lincoln (1846–1850), William Wallace Lincoln (1850–1862), and Thomas Lincoln (1853–1871). Of the four children, only the eldest, Robert Lincoln (lawyer and politician), survived his mother. After the death of three children, Mary's mental state deteriorated.
Five days after the end of the war, on April 14, 1865, Abraham Lincoln was shot dead in a play at Ford's Theater. The wife, who was next to her husband during the performance, could not recover from the tragedy and soon completely lost her mind. In 1875, Robert was forced to place his mother in a psychiatric clinic. Mary Lincoln spent the rest of her life in France. She died in 1882 at the age of 63.