Mary was ambitious. She had high expectations for her husband's political career. Her lofty expectations came to fruition when Abraham Lincoln was elected President of the United States in November 1860. The Lincoln years in the White House were among the most tumultuous in American history with the nation in the midst of a Civil War.
Mary's personal life was filled with great tragedy. Her 4-year-old son Eddie died while the Lincolns were living in Springfield. While in the White House, her young son Willie died in 1862. Three years later, and five days after Robert E. Lee surrendered, her beloved husband was assassinated at Ford's theatre. And, in 1871, her son Tad died of pleurisy. Four years later, a distraught Mary was committed to a private asylum for the insane by her first born and lone surviving son, Robert.
Trish Clark of Lexington portrays Mary Todd Lincoln for Kentucky Chautauqua. Ms. Clark has worked as an artist and educator for more than thirty years. She currently serves as the executive director of the Woodford Theatre in Versailles.
Bo List of Lexington is the script writer. List has been working in the area as an actor, writer and director for more than twenty years.
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