Contrary to the common view that Lincoln was a dark-horse for the 1860 presidential nomination after a single, undistinguished term in the House of Representatives, Ronald C. White, Jr. stresses that Lincoln was an experienced politician, popular throughout Illinois, and known to national leaders. Few Republicans thought they had chosen badly. The author makes good use of Lincoln’s voluminous private papers and those of his contemporaries to paint a vivid picture of Lincoln’s thoughts as he matured and then guided the nation through the four worst years of its existence.
Mary Todd, born 13 December 1818, was vivacious and impulsive. She was the First Lady of the United States and wife of President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. A young lawyer summed her up in 1840: “the very creature of excitement.” All of these attributes marked her life, bringing her both happiness and tragedy. Read Mary Todd Lincoln Biography and Profile.
Abraham Lincoln was born Feb. 12, 1809, in Hardin County, Kentucky. Abraham Lincoln, U.S. Representative, U.S. President, Lawyer, the son of a Kentucky frontiersman, Lincoln had to struggle for a living and for learning. He was married to Mary Todd. Read Abraham Lincoln Biography and Profile.