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Wilson, Douglas L., ed; Davis, Rodney O., ed. 'Register of Informants' in 'Herndon's Informants: Letters, Interviews, and Statements About Abraham Lincoln' . Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1998. [format: book], [genre: history]. Permission: University of Illinois Press
Persistent link to this document: http://lincoln.lib.niu.edu/file.php?file=herndon737.html


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Edwards, Elizabeth Todd (1813-88).

Elizabeth Todd was born into a wealthy and aristocratic Kentucky family and, in 1832, married into another. In 1835 she and her husband, Ninian W. Edwards, moved to Springfield, and in 1839 she invited her younger sister Mary to live with her. Cultured and charming, Elizabeth Edwards was Springfield's leading hostess whose home was the resort of the city's socially and politically ambitious young men. There AL and Mary Todd met and courted, and there, in spite of the Edwards's active discouragement of the match, they were married on November 4, 1842. Elizabeth Edwards visited the Lincolns in the White House, where MTL became resentful toward her and actively sought her husband's dismissal from his federal post. In her later years, MTL sought refuge in her sister's Springfield home, and it was there that she died in 1882. (ISJ, February 23, 1888; DAB; ALE; O. H. Browning to N. W. Edwards, May 26, 1865, Chicago Historical Society.)

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Wilson, Douglas L., ed; Davis, Rodney O., ed. 'Register of Informants' in 'Herndon's Informants: Letters, Interviews, and Statements About Abraham Lincoln' . Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1998. [format: book], [genre: history]. Permission: University of Illinois Press
Persistent link to this document: http://lincoln.lib.niu.edu/file.php?file=herndon737.html
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