Over the course of our education we have learned so much about the great men serving as Presidents as our nation formed into what it is today. There are any number of history lessons, biographies, and monuments dedicated to these great men. While it can never be argued that and Abraham Lincoln was not a great leader, we cannot forget about the important woman that stood beside him all the while.
In honor of Women’s History Month we’ll take a brief look at the role Mary Todd Lincoln played while her husband ran our great nation during tumultuous times. We honor her voice today as an important part of American history.
Mary Todd Lincoln
Before Honest Abe was elected to the presidency, Mary Lincoln spent her time focusing upon raising her children. Despite the rigors of being a stay-at-home mom she still played an active part in Abe’s political career: writing letters to Whig party leaders, advising him of posts to consider (or not), attending sessions at the capital taking detailed notes, and this was all before he was elected as our 16th President.
According to legend, Mary Todd Lincoln had mentioned to friends she believed Abraham Lincoln would one day become President of the United States; she wholeheartedly believed this and her actions proved that. She jumped into his campaign with both feet, showing unending to support to her husband every step of the way by freely speaking with members of the press and giving speeches while on the campaign trail.
All throughout the Civil War Mrs. Lincoln continued to offer her advice to President Lincoln, especially regarding the emancipation of slaves. While the true depth of her influence was never recorded, abolitionists attested that she indeed influenced him to view it as not only a political issue, but that of human rights as well.
It is widely known that following the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, Mrs. Lincoln did not fare well, battling mental health issues for the remainder of her days. But I think it is important to note the important part she played in the presidency of Abraham Lincoln. Mary Todd Lincoln was strong and carries a strong “Voice of the Woman.”