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Mary Todd Lincoln and Lincoln Lexington Walking Tour

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Mary Todd Lincoln and Lincoln Lexington Walking Tour

Celebrate the bicentennial birthday of Mary Todd Lincoln. Recorded at her childhood home in downtown Lexington, Kentucky, Renee speaks with Gwen Thompson, executive director the Mary Todd Lincoln House and history advocate Stuart Sanders with the Kentucky Historical Society. They discuss the Lincoln Lexington Walking Tour that spotlights 14 historic sites from the Lincolns' time in the city.
S14 E13 Length 28:55 Premiere: 12.14.18

Mary Todd Lincoln and Lincoln Lexington Walking Tour


History has not been kind to Mary Todd Lincoln.

In life and in the 136 years since her death, critics have maligned the wife of President Abraham Lincoln for her ambition, her spending habits, her connections to the Confederacy, and even her mental health. But the Lexington native actually deserves more credit than she often receives, according to two Kentuckians who have studied the former First Lady’s life.

On KET’s Connections, host Renee Shaw visited the childhood home of Mary Todd Lincoln to learn about her story and the tragedies she endured throughout her life. The program featured Gwen Thompson, executive director the Mary Todd Lincoln House, and Stuart Sanders, a history advocate with the Kentucky Historical Society.
 

The Todds were a prominent, slave-owning family in Lexington in the early 1800s. Mary’s father, Robert Smith Todd, was an accomplished businessman, banker, and politician at the local and state level. Her mother, Eliza Parker also came from a wealthy family. Born in 1818, Mary was the fourth of 16 children that Robert had with Elizabeth, and his second wife, Betsy Humphreys.

The family’s wealth and social stature provided Mary with a privileged upbringing. Gwen Thompson says Mary had at least nine years of formal schooling, which was uncommon for women of that era. When Mary was 13, the family moved from their original home on Short Street in Lexington to the stately, three-story and still standing brick house on Main Street.

“This building is well over 200 years old,” says Thompson. “It was actually constructed as an inn originally, and it ran as a commercial property for about 25 years, and then was purchased by the Todd family.”

Mary picked up her father’s interest in Whig Party politics and she became a fan of fellow Lexington resident Henry Clay. Thompson says Mary Todd even envisioned a role for herself in politics.

“It is said, according to family stories, that she was interested in marrying a politician,” says Thompson. “The stories say that she said she was going to marry a president some day.”

But to find the politician she would eventually wed, Mary Todd had to first move out of state. At 21, she went to stay with a sister who lived in Springfield, Ill. Stuart Sanders says other members of the Todd family also populated that area, including a cousin, John Stuart Todd. He was an attorney in Springfield who had recently taken on his first law partner, a former shopkeeper and postmaster named Abraham Lincoln.

Mary Todd wed the up-and-coming lawyer in 1842. She was almost 24 years old. The couple had four sons, one of whom died just before his fourth birthday.

The Life of a First Lady
Lincoln had already served in the Illinois legislature before his marriage, but some historians believe Mary Todd pushed him to pursue national politics.

“The Todd family was politically connected in Illinois as well as Kentucky,” says Sanders, who is a Todd family descendant. “So I think her marriage to Abraham Lincoln definitely helped set Lincoln up, in terms of his Congressional run, legislative politics, and ultimately his run for the presidency.”

Lincoln was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1846 and served one term in Washington. He made two unsuccessful bids for the U.S. Senate in the 1850s before winning the presidency in 1860.

Mary Todd settled into White House life, performing the traditional ceremonial duties of First Lady: entertaining guests, decorating, visiting wounded soldiers, and supporting her husband.

“She operated within the gender boundaries and norms of the day,” says Thompson. “Much of her role that she took on as the partner to Lincoln was relegated to the domestic and the social. What’s interesting to me is that the role of the First Lady has changed so very little over time.”

While the Civil War divided the nation and consumed Lincoln’s time and energy, Mary Todd became a lightning rod for criticism. Some opponents alleged she was a spy because of her family’s connections to the Confederacy. Others disparaged her for buying fancy gloves and dresses, and for sprucing up the executive mansion during the Civil War.

“The press did lay a heavy hand on her in terms of her spending and the fact that she redecorated the White House at a time when one would have thought that it would’ve been better to be a little more austere with spending,” Sanders says.

Enduring Tragedy after Tragedy
The presidential years also brought personal tragedy for Mary Todd and her husband. Their son Willie died of typhoid fever. Two of her brothers were killed in the war will serving in the Confederate Army. A brother-in-law, Confederate General Benjamin Hardin Helm was killed at the Battle of Chickamauga in 1863.

“When Abraham Lincoln found out about the death of [Helm], he actually wept because he and Helm were good friends before the war,” says Sanders.

And then an assassin fatally shot her husband just days after the end of the Civil War in April 1865. Mary Todd was at Lincoln’s side that night at Ford’s Theater, and she was so bereft over his death that she did not attend the president’s funeral. Thompson says the woman who once lived in the White House, dined with heads of state, and spent lavishly on her wardrobe was reduced to rooming in a Chicago boarding house and fighting to win a widow’s pension from the government. But an even worse indignity was yet to come.

“In 1875, about a decade after Lincoln’s assassination, her oldest son, Robert, took her to court and had her declared legally insane,” says Thompson. “This was the means by which he became her caretaker and the custodian of her estate.”

Sanders adds that Lincoln’s own private secretaries John Hay and John Nicolay also painted Mary Todd as irrational and erratic in their biography of the 16th president. But Sanders says it’s no wonder that she was depressed and perhaps even suffering from post-traumatic stress given all the tragedies she experienced.

Thompson says that Mary Todd’s mental health continues to be a hotly debated subject, especially in light of the fact that after being declared insane 1875, the court ruled that her reason had been restored just a year later.

“So the question today is… what does this say about her mental health in today’s clinical understandings, which are very different from in the past,” Thompson says.

Mary Todd moved back to Springfield, Ill., to live with the same sister she had first gone to visit back in 1839. She died there in 1882 at the age of 63.

“No other First Lady in our history has really endured as much,” says Sanders. “She deserves to be praised for having a stoicism in terms of dealing with the different issues that she and her husband faced.”

“I think her greatest legacy is that she is still the subject of ongoing debate and discussion,” says Thompson. “If you really want to get to know her, I think you have to examine all the perspectives, all of the opposing views… and then maybe form your own opinion on your take on her.”

The Mary Todd Lincoln House is closed for the winter but will reopen for public tours on March 15, 2019. The home is part of a mile-long Lincoln Lexington Walking Tour of 14 historic sites around the downtown area that date back to the years that Mary Todd lived in the city.

Watch our video of the Lincoln Lexington Walking Tour.

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Kelly Gunning, director of advocacy and public policy, NAMI Lexington (National Alliance on Mental Illness), and Public Defender Jon Landon, discuss mental health laws in Kentucky.

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African Americans and Mental Health - S9 E39

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Alice Allison Dunnigan - Pioneering Journalist - S15 E9

Renee Shaw and her guests remember the life of journalist, civil rights activist, and author Alice Allison Dunnigan, the first accredited African-American female correspondent to cover the White House, and the first black female member of the Senate and House of Representatives press galleries. Alice was born in Russellville, Kentucky, in 1906, and began her career teaching in a one-room schoolhouse. Her family members and others discuss her inspiring story.

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Renee talks with Wil James, president of Toyota Motor Manufacturing of Kentucky.

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Renee speaks with Dr. Robert Hilgers, founder and president of the Global Women's Cancer Alliance (WGCA). The WGCA works to advance women's health, addressing particularly those in need of cancer care in developing countries.

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Judi Jennings - S9 E42

Renee's guest is Judi Jennings, former executive director of the Kentucky Foundation for Women, feminist art advocate, and writer.

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Marta Miranda - S9 E43

Renee speaks with Marta Miranda, chief empowerment officer of the Center for Women and Families in Louisville.

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SWAG - Sisters and Supporters Working Against Gun Violence - S9 E44

Lexington moms LaTosha Reynolds and Tonya Lindsey talk about losing their sons to gun violence and how the group they founded, SWAG - Sisters and Supporters Working Against Gun Violence, is working to keep youth safe.

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Inclusivity in Fashion - Frankie Lewis; RaeShanda Johnson - S15 E13

Renee speaks with two Kentucky fashion designers who are promoting inclusivity in fashion. Frankie Lewis, a former contestant on season 17 of Project Runway, talks about her new fashion line, Frankie Lew, built on the ethos of body positivity. Next, RaeShanda Johnson, a stylist and the owner of the Louisville boutique All is Fair in Love and Fashion, advocates for diversity on the runway and uses fashion to help others.

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Frontier Nursing University - S9 E45

Drs. Susan Stone and Julie Marfell of Frontier Nursing University discuss the institution's 75-year legacy as the longest continually-operating and largest midwifery program in the nation.

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Tanya Torp and Holly Houston - S9 E46

Community Activist Tanya Torp, program director for Step by Step, a mentoring ministry for at risk single mothers, and Holly Houston, a family court lawyer and co-founder of GLOW - Greater Louisville Outstanding Women, discuss social justice, youth empowerment, leadership development, and girl power.

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Chris Rabb - S10 E1

Chris Rabb, author of Invisible Capital: How Unseen Forces Shape Entrepreneurial Opportunity, explores how behind-the-scenes factors - human, cultural, and social capital - affect whether a business will be successful.

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Bloggers on Personal Development - S10 E2

Meet two women who share their personal journeys through life's challenges by writing blogs. Writer Emmie Sandford is a corporate marketer who owns a social media consulting company. She has been chronicling her journey to a healthier weight on her blog, authenticallyemmie.com. Sheryl Withers Woolverton, a Lexington clinical social worker and therapist, is a former grief counselor with Hospice of the Bluegrass who has shared her journey of grief over a miscarriage and the death of her mother and grandmother. Her blog is called How to Make a Life.

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Soreyda Benedit Begley and Chris Begley - S10 E3

Honduras native Soreyda Benedit Begley is dressing up Lexington's fashion scene by showcasing the blossoming talents of designers, like herself, right here in the Bluegrass. Her one-of-a-kind originals have graced runways in New York, Chicago, and Atlanta.

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Dr. Kevin Chapman - S10 E5

Renee speaks with Kevin Chapman, Ph.D., a licensed psychologist who provides evidence-based treatment for anxiety and related disorders to clients in his private practice in Louisville. Dr. Chapman also specializes in Exposure and Response (Ritual) Prevention for OCD and Prolonged Exposure for PTSD.

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Dr. Diane Follingstad - S10 E6

Renee speaks with Diane Follingstad, PhD, who became the inaugural Women's Circle Endowed Chair at the University of Kentucky Center for Research on Violence Against Women in 2008. Dr. Follingstad discusses her research in the area of intimate partner violence.

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Debbie Millman - S10 E10

From the 2014 IdeaFestival, Renee speaks with Debbie Millman, president of Sterling Brands, who has worked on the redesign of over 200 global brands including Nestle, Kraft, Pepsi, and others. She is author of several books on design and branding and co-founded the world's first graduate program in branding at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.

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Jefferson County Veterans Treatment Court - S10 E11

Jefferson County's Veterans Treatment Court, which began operating in the fall of 2012, helps military veterans seeking treatment for substance abuse and mental health issues. Jefferson County District Court Judge David Holton talks with Renee about the court, the first of its kind in Kentucky.

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Sister Helen Prejean - S10 E12

Sister Helen Prejean, author of the New York Times bestseller Dead Man Walking which became an Academy Award-winning film, discusses her awakening to justice and quest to abolish the death penalty.

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15K Degrees Initiative - S10 E13

The 15K degrees initiative in the Greater Louisville area seeks to increase the number of college diplomas of African-Americans. Some of the partners in this effort join Renee to discuss it. Guests include: Benjamin Richmond, President and CEO of the Louisville Urban League; Reverend Vincent James Sr., Senior Pastor of Elim Baptist Church in Louisville; and Dr. Rita Greer, a veteran P-12 educator and administrator, who served for over 38 years in Jefferson County Public Schools.

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Georgetown College President William Jones - S15 E21

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50th Anniversary of the March On Frankfort - S9 E22

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Kentucky Poet Laureate Frank X Walker - S9 E21

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Dr. Vershawn A. Young - S9 E20

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Sabrina Butler and Kate Miller - S9 E19

  • Tuesday February 11, 2020 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
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History Maker; Tuskegee Airmen Historians - S9 E14

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Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles - S15 E20

  • Saturday February 15, 2020 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
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  • Sunday February 9, 2020 6:00 pm ET on KET2
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Middle Class Struggles and Poverty - S9 E13

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The Forgotten Minority - S9 E12

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Human Trafficking - S9 E11

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Diabetes Prevention and Control - S9 E10

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Innocence Project - S9 E9

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Kentucky House Minority Whip Angie Hatton - S15 E19

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Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron - S15 E18

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  • Wednesday January 29, 2020 6:00 pm ET on KET
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Pop Culture and Commodification of Women - S9 E8

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Ruth Brinkley - KentuckyOne Health - S9 E5

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Malcolm Ratchford - S9 E4

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Roszalyn Akins - S9 E3

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Betty Baye - S9 E1

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Kentucky Secretary of State Michael Adams - S15 E17

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Nikky Finney - S8 E43

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Dr. Dorothy J. Edwards - S8 E41

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Food Security (Part 2) - S8 E39

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Season 14

The 'I Was Here' Project

S14 E36 Length 27:42 Premiere Date 8.4.19

Mike Runyon and Sherita Miller; Wendy Kobler

S14 E35 Length 26:57 Premiere Date 7.28.19

Filmmaker Lynn Novik

S14 E33 Length 28:27 Premiere Date 7.14.19

Brent Hutchinson; Christine Thompson - Education

S14 E32 Length 27:37 Premiere Date 7.7.19

Lieutenant Governor Jenean Hampton - Youth Mental Health

S14 E31 Length 26:32 Premiere Date 6.2.19

Julie Cerel - Youth Suicide Prevention

S14 E29 Length 26:32 Premiere Date 5.19.19

Dale Suttles - Sunrise Children's Services

S14 E28 Length 27:33 Premiere Date 5.12.19

Education in Rural Eastern Kentucky

S14 E27 Length 28:13 Premiere Date 5.5.19

Joshua A. Douglas - Voting Rights Reform

S14 E25 Length 26:32 Premiere Date 4.21.19

Jay Box - Ky. Community & Technical College System

S14 E24 Length 26:32 Premiere Date 4.14.19

Author and Life Coach Colene Elridge

S14 E23 Length 26:19 Premiere Date 4.7.19

FIRST STEP Act - Criminal Justice Reform

S14 E22 Length 27:44 Premiere Date 3.31.19

Cheryl A. Oldham

S14 E21 Length 26:38 Premiere Date 2.22.19

Linda Hampton - Early Childhood

S14 E20 Length 29:47 Premiere Date 2.15.19

Donald Mason

S14 E19 Length 26:34 Premiere Date 2.8.19

Community Action Council; First 5 Lex

S14 E18 Length 28:53 Premiere Date 2.1.19

Seamus Carey

S14 E17 Length 26:57 Premiere Date 1.25.19

Michael Benson

S14 E16 Length 27:32 Premiere Date 1.18.19

Dr. Aaron Thompson

S14 E14 Length 28:13 Premiere Date 1.11.19

Mary Todd Lincoln and Lincoln Lexington Walking Tour

S14 E13 Length 28:55 Premiere Date 12.14.18

Youth Suicide

S14 E12 Length 29:22 Premiere Date 12.7.18

Jean Schumm and Amanda Gale

S14 E11 Length 28:22 Premiere Date 11.16.18

M. Christopher Brown II

S14 E10 Length 28:02 Premiere Date 11.9.18

Frank Harris

S14 E9 Length 25:17 Premiere Date 11.2.18

U.S. Rep. Andy Barr

S14 E8 Length 29:16 Premiere Date 10.26.18

Amy McGrath

S14 E7 Length 29:02 Premiere Date 10.19.18

Kevin Chapman - Youth Mental Health

S14 E6 Length 28:47 Premiere Date 10.12.18

Carol Cecil; Resa Gonzalez - Youth Mental Health

S14 E5 Length 26:03 Premiere Date 10.5.18

Joe Bargione - Youth Mental Health

S14 E4 Length 28:57 Premiere Date 9.28.18

WKU President Timothy Caboni

S14 E3 Length 28:40 Premiere Date 9.21.18

Dr. Neeli Bendapudi

S14 E1 Length 28:47 Premiere Date 9.14.18

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