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Name: Mary Ann Todd Lincoln                                                           
Born: December 13, 1818 Lexington, Kentucky, U.S.                                     
Died: July 16, 1882 Springfield, Illinois, U.S.                                       
Mary Ann Todd Lincoln (December 13, 1818 - July 16, 1882) was the wife of the 16th     
President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, and was First Lady of the             
United States from 1861 to 1865.                                                       
Born in Lexington, Kentucky, she was the daughter of Robert Smith Todd and Eliza       
Parker, prominent residents of the city. They were slaveholders, as were their         
other relatives. Mary Todd's mother died in 1825, and her father married               
Elizabeth "Betsy" Humphreys Todd in 1826. Mary Todd had a difficult relationship       
with her stepmother. Beginning in 1832, Mary Todd's home was what is now known         
as the Mary Todd Lincoln House, a 14-room upper-class residence in Lexington.         
From her father's marriage to her mother and step-mother, Mary Todd had 15             
At the age of twenty, in 1839, Mary Todd left the family home and moved to             
Springfield, Illinois, where her sister Elizabeth was already living. Although         
the flirtatious and intelligent Mary Todd was courted by the rising young lawyer       
and politician Stephen A. Douglas, Mary was unexpectedly attracted by Douglas's       
lower-status rival and fellow lawyer, Abraham Lincoln. Elizabeth facilitated           
their courtship and introduced Mary to Abraham on 16 December. It is reported         
that, on learning her surname was spelled with two "d"s, he retorted "Why? One         
was enough for God". After a troubled engagement that was marked by at least one       
breakup, Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln were married on November 4, 1842. Almost       
exactly nine months later, on August 1, 1843, their first son, Robert Todd             
Lincoln, was born.