History Tip of the Day – October 12th

Mary Todd Lincoln dies, July 16, 1882

She never recovered from the assassination. Mary insisted on wearing only the color black for the rest of her life. Just when it appeared that she was recovering from her grief, in 1871 her eighteen-year-old son, Tad, died of a mysterious heart ailment. This brought on a downward spiral of mental instability—once she almost jumped out of a building after wrongly believing she saw flames. Her only remaining son, Robert, had her committed to a mental institution in 1875. Released the next year, she lived in France for four years before returning to Springfield, Illinois. She is buried alongside her husband.