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Mary Todd Lincoln and Lincoln Lexington Walking Tour

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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Fayette County Veterans Treatment Court - S11 E34

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Jason Merrick - S11 E35

Jason Merrick, director of inmate addiction services at the Kenton County Detention Center, discusses the inmate drug and alcohol treatment program he launched consisting of counseling sessions, time for inmates to pursue their GED certificates, and attend 12-step programs. Part of KET's "Inside Opioid Addiction" initiative, funded in part by a grant from the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.

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Kimberly Johnson - S11 E36

Renee's guest is Kimberly Johnson, Ph.D., director of the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment for the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The Center for Substance Abuse promotes community-based substance abuse treatment and recovery services for individuals and families in every community. Taped at the SAMHSA headquarters in Rockville, Maryland, Renee talks with Dr. Johnson about the nation's reliance on high-powered pain killers to manage pain, addiction recovery models, drug abuse prevention, and more. Part of KET's "Inside Opioid Addiction" initiative, funded in part by a grant from the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.

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U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack - S11 E37

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Terrence Walton - S11 E38

Renee's guest is Terrence Walton, chief operating officer of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals. Of the nearly 2.5 million people incarcerated in America, nearly half of them are in jail because of drug use and addiction. There are more than 3,000 drug courts across the nation to help those with substance-abuse disorders get and stay on the right side of the law. Renee talks with Terrence Walton in Baltimore, Maryland, about the success of drug courts in helping addicts recover and reducing crime. Part of KET's "Inside Opioid Addiction" initiative, funded in part by a grant from the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.

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Dr. Leana Wen - S11 E39

Renee's guest is Dr. Leana Wen, Baltimore City health commissioner, emergency room physician, and patient advocate. Renee visits the Baltimore City Health Department to talk with Dr. Wen about the country's struggle to manage pain, physician responsibility in prescribing powerful painkillers, harm-reduction techniques like needle exchange, and the accessibility of overdose-reversal drugs. Part of KET's "Inside Opioid Addiction" initiative, funded in part by a grant from the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.

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Gary Tuggle - S11 E40

Renee's guest is Gary Tuggle, special agent in charge, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Philadelphia Division. With over 30 years of law enforcement experience, Tuggle, a Baltimore native, began his law enforcement career as a Baltimore City police officer. Renee catches up with him in his hometown to talk about the portals of heroin into the U.S., the DEA's new strategy in addressing heroin trafficking and use, and the rise of the highly-potent opioid fentanyl that's claiming more lives and endangering law enforcement. Part of KET's "Inside Opioid Addiction" initiative, funded in part by a grant from the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.

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Dominique Wilkins - S11 E41

Renee speaks with former NBA standout Dominique Wilkins about his storied career and his current mission to help combat the nation's diabetes epidemic.

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Tameka Montgomery - S11 E42

Renee speaks with Tameka Montgomery, who was appointed in 2013 by President Obama to lead the Office of Entrepreneurial Development at the U.S. Small Business Administration. In her capacity as Associate Administrator, she is charged with driving programs and policies that support national entrepreneurial training and education programs.

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Phil Wilkins - S11 E43

Renee's guest is businessman and entrepreneur Phil Wilkins, who owns Dream Big Restaurants LLC. He discusses his approach to entrepreneurship and how self-confidence is at the core of his success as a businessman.

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FDA Commissioner Dr. Robert Califf - S12 E2

Dr. Robert Califf, the commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), talks about the FDA's new response to drug addiction unveiled earlier this year, resulting in efforts to expand the availability of overdose reversal drugs. Renee spoke with Dr. Califf during his recent listening tour at the Pikeville Medical Center, where he heard from frontline healthcare workers and policy makers battling and treating addiction. Part of KET's ongoing Inside Opioid Addiction initiative funded in part by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.

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Mitzi Sinnott - S12 E3

Mitzi Sinnott, award-winning playwright and actor, talks about her critically acclaimed one-woman play Snapshot and shares her experience of growing up as the biracial daughter of a black father and white mother from Central Appalachia. Sinnott uses her art to spark conversations about the legacy of race, class, and violence in America.

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David Thompson - S12 E11

Renee speaks with David Thompson, vice president of public policy for the National Council of Nonprofits. They discuss how a new administration will affect nonprofit organizations.

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Cory Jewell Jensen - S12 E18

Renee speaks with Cory Jewell Jensen, M.S., who directs the Center for Behavioral Intervention in Beaverton, Oregon. She has spent nearly 30 years working with and interviewing sex offenders. Jensen is using those candid conversations with child molesters to train law enforcement, child abuse prevention groups, and others.

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Kentucky Authors - Prisha Hedau; Carly Muetterties and Maddie Shepard

In honor of Women’s History Month, Renee Shaw talks to Kentucky student and author Prisha Hedau, who published her book PANDEMIC 2020 last fall, written when she was just 9-years-old. Next, former social studies teachers Carly Muetterties and Maddie Shepard talk about their book Bluegrass Bold: Stories of Kentucky Women for use in Kentucky classrooms. The book highlights the contributions of more than 30 Kentucky women.

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Patricia Peacock - S12 E30

Nearly 1 in 4 women and 1 in 100 men say they experienced sexual trauma while in the military. Renee speaks with Dr. Patricia Peacock, military sexual trauma coordinator at the Lexington VA Medical Center and a licensed clinical social worker, about programs that are helping veterans with military sexual trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

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Leadership - Marian Guinn and Lisa Williams; Colene Elridge - S12 E38

What does it take to be a good leader? Renee speaks with Marian Guinn and Lisa Williams, the creators of the High Impact Leadership Project that helps people build their leadership prowess. Then, life coach Colene Elridge discusses her workplace trainings on communication, generational understanding, empowering women in leadership roles, and self-care.

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Walter Gilliam - S12 E40

Renee's guest is Pikeville, Kentucky native Walter Gilliam, director of the Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy and associate professor of Child Psychiatry and Psychology at the Child Study Center, Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Gilliam has done extensive research in early childhood education and intervention policy analysis and talks about his research on implicit bias among preschool educators. He was a keynote speaker at Kentucky's 2017 Early Childhood Institute conference in Louisville.

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Kayla Rae Whitaker - S12 E41

Renee's guest is Mt. Sterling native and author Kayla Rae Whitaker, one of the writers featured at the 2017 Kentucky Women Writers Conference at the University of Kentucky. Whitaker's debut novel, The Animators, explores the complexities of female friendships, self-identity, and success in the male-dominated field of animation.

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Sec. Vickie Yates Brown Glisson - S12 E44

Vickie Yates Brown Glisson, secretary of the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, talks about Governor Bevin's plan to overhaul the state's Medicaid program, how the cabinet is responding to the opioid addiction crisis, and recruiting and retaining social workers.

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Gretchen Hunt - S11 E28

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U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell

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Cynthia Knapek

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Dr. Erin Frazier - S11 E27

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Crystal Wilkinson - S11 E26

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Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes - S11 E25

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Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention - S11 E24

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A Tribute to Georgia Davis Powers - S11 E18

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Vaccine Equity and Hesitancy

  • Saturday May 8, 2021 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Andrew Brennen - S11 E17

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Anthony Smith - S11 E16

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Wayne Lewis - S11 E15

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Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear - S11 E11

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Miss Kentucky Clark Davis - S11 E10

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State Treasurer Allison Ball; Sharon Price

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Ari Berman - S11 E9

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Allison Joseph - S11 E8

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Dorothy Butler Gilliam - S11 E7

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Jacinda Townsend - S11 E6

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Kellie Blair Hardt - S11 E5

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Chef and Activist Dan Wu

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Childhood Cancer - S11 E4

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The Kentucky African American Encyclopedia - Gerald Smith - S11 E3

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Fayette County Public Schools Superintendent Manny Caulk - S11 E2

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Kinship Care - S10 E46

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Faith Politics - S10 E45

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EKU Criminal Justice Professor Pete Kraska

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Season 14 Episodes

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 Novick

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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