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Lincoln's Cabinet: Mary T. Lincoln

Political Science and Lincoln Junkies, rejoice! A treasure trove of information awaits you.

Books at the library

Mrs. Lincoln

 Mary Todd Lincoln was an interesting lady. The library has several books about her, including a biography.

Mary Todd Lincoln wrote many notes of encouragement and advice to her husband. You can locate some of her original documents and samples of her writings at the Library of Congress.

Some examples of items you can find at the Library of Congress online are:

  • A letter to Abraham Lincoln, advising her husband to remove the hesitant General G. McClellan from command, dated Nov 2, 1862
  • A letter to Brig. General  Sickles  dated September 31, 1862
  • A telegram from Edwin Stanton to Mary Todd Lincoln concerning Secretary Seward's injury, dated April, 1865
  • Several portraits of Mary Todd Lincoln 


Book Chapters

The Role of the First Lady and the Media: A Preliminary Case Study of New York Times Coverage of Mary Todd Lincoln, 1861-1865. In The Civil War and the press [electronic resource] / David B. Sachsman, S. Kittrell Rushing, Debra Reddin van Tuyll, editors ; with Ryan P. Burkholder.

Possible Article of Interest

Note: not all of these articles are available full text online. Some may need to be Inter Library Loaned. Not all may be appropriate for your topic.

  • Unpublished Mary Todd Lincoln Thomas F. Schwartz and Kim M. Bauer  Journal of the Abraham Lincoln Association, Vol. 17, No. 2 (Summer, 1996), pp. 1-21