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Posted: Friday, December 12, 2014 12:00:00 AM
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Mary Todd Lincoln (1818)

Mary Todd Lincoln, the wife of President Abraham Lincoln, was a tragic figure of the American Civil War period. As First Lady, she was criticized for her use of taxpayers' money in refurbishing the White House and was even accused of harboring Confederate sympathies. She struggled with depression after witnessing her husband's assassination and suffering the deaths of three of her children, and she was committed to an insane asylum for several months in 1875. Who had her committed? More...
Posted: Saturday, December 13, 2014 2:40:23 AM

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Posted: Saturday, December 13, 2014 8:28:44 AM

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This looks like a childhood photo until you have a closer look at the old-lady face. Weird getup for a grown woman.
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After Mary died of what was thought to be a stroke on July 16, 1882, an autopsy revealed a brain tumour. How long it had been there is unknown, but it might have explained her mood swings and eccentricities. During her later years, Mary had become nearly blind, as well, and had lost a great deal of weight. Diabetes certainly may have been the cause. She was also known to depend on a wide variety of medicines prescribed by various doctors, including generous amounts of chloral hydrate for her unrelenting insomnia.

Another likely explanation, however, is one which her doctors would have tried to hide during her lifetime: that both she and her husband suffered from syphilis, and that Mary's delusions resulted from tabes dorsalis, a degeneration of the nerve cells and fibres that carry information to the brain. All this is caused by untreated syphilis. Indeed, Mary displayed all the main symptoms of that disease and tertiary syphilis: knife-like back pain, dementia, impaired coordination, weight loss and, eventually, blindness and death.

Any one of these factors surely could have contributed to her strange habits and declining mental health. But even in the absence of all of these possible causes, if Mary Todd Lincoln had encouraged her husband to stay home that fateful April evening in 1865, her life -- and those of countless others -- might have turned out quite differently. Indeed, Mary was reported to have been holding the President's hand the moment he was shot. That alone would be enough to drive anyone insane.
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What a special face.
Posted: Saturday, December 13, 2014 9:40:23 AM
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tragic losing a husband and two son.
Posted: Saturday, December 13, 2014 9:54:28 AM

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All that aside Mary, what did you think of the play?
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Posted: Saturday, December 13, 2014 11:34:59 PM

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Monamagda should know my research leads to dead ends on the Lincoln syphilis story. A nasty rumor by a friend of Lincoln's after turned down for a high paying post.
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