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Springfield in Sangamon County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

"My Hand will Never be Given where my Heart is Not."

Mary Todd to Mercy Levering, 1841

 
 
"My Hand will Never be Given where my Heart is Not." Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, October 26, 2021
1. "My Hand will Never be Given where my Heart is Not." Marker
Inscription.  Mary Ann Todd was born on December 13, 1818 to a large and wealthy family from Lexington, Kentucky. Mary was six years old when her mother died. Her grandmother helped raise her and made sure she received several years of schooling, which she completed when she was about 20.

Mary Todd was a charming and popular young lady. She enjoyed talking about politics and literature and she could speak and read French fluently. Abraham Lincoln was quickly attracted to her intelligence and elegance. They married and purchased their home in 1844 where they held many gatherings that increased Mr. Lincoln's reputation for his political career.

With Mr. Lincoln often away on business, Mary took charge of the home and family. When Mr. Lincoln became the Republican presidential nominee, Mary and her home became the center of national attention. One Republican official commented that "I shall be proud, as an American citizen, when the day brings her to grace the White House."

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Upper Middle: In 1839, Mary moved to Springfield to live with her oldest sister, Elizabeth Edwards, in this house. Mary and
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Abraham Lincoln may have met at one of the many parties held at the Edwards home. They were married here on November 4, 1842. In her later years, Mary faced health issues and eventually returned to this home, where she died on July 16, 1882. National Park Service.

Lower Middle: The Lincoln family grew to include four boys: Robert, born on August 1, 1843; Edward, born on March 10, 1846, but died on February 1, 1850; William, born on December 21, 1850; and Thomas, born on April 4, 1853. Left: Robert Lincoln, 1860. Middle: Mary, Willie (left) and Tad Lincoln, 1860. Right: Abraham Lincoln, 1846. Library Of Congress; Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum; Library Of Congress

Lower Right: Mary Todd Lincoln, 1846. Library Of Congress
 
Erected by Lincoln Home National Historic Site - National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Women. A significant historical date for this entry is December 13, 1818.
 
Location. 39° 47.836′ N, 89° 38.715′ W. Marker is in Springfield, Illinois, in Sangamon County. Marker is at the intersection of South 8th Street and East Jackson Street, on the left when traveling north on South 8th Street. The marker is located on the corner of the intersection in front of the Lincoln Home. Touch for map
"My Hand will Never be Given where my Heart is Not." Marker in front of the Lincoln Home image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, October 26, 2021
2. "My Hand will Never be Given where my Heart is Not." Marker in front of the Lincoln Home
. Marker is at or near this postal address: 413 West Main Street, Springfield IL 62701, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Place to Call Home (a few steps from this marker); Lincoln's Home Becomes a Shrine (a few steps from this marker); The People Lincoln Knew (a few steps from this marker); The Long Road to Washington (within shouting distance of this marker); Charles Corneau House (within shouting distance of this marker); Charles Arnold House (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Lincoln's Home Becomes a Shrine (within shouting distance of this marker); Harriett Dean House (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Springfield.
 
Also see . . .  Mary Todd Lincoln.
Mary Lincoln was a member of a large, wealthy, slave-owning Kentucky family, and was well educated. Born Mary Ann Todd, she dropped the name Ann after her younger sister, Ann Todd (later Clark), was born. After finishing school during her teens, she moved to Springfield, Illinois, where she lived with her married sister Elizabeth Edwards. Before she married Abraham Lincoln, she was courted by his long-time political opponent Stephen A. Douglas. The Lincolns had four sons of whom only the eldest, Robert,
Mary Todd Lincoln, wife of Abraham Lincoln image. Click for full size.
Public Domain - Nicolas Shepherd, 1846
3. Mary Todd Lincoln, wife of Abraham Lincoln
survived both parents. Their family home and neighborhood in Springfield is preserved at the Lincoln Home National Historic Site. Source: Wikipedia
(Submitted on January 10, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.) 
 
The Lincoln Family Home image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, October 26, 2021
4. The Lincoln Family Home
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 12, 2022. It was originally submitted on January 9, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 200 times since then and 46 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 9, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.   3. submitted on January 12, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.   4. submitted on January 9, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.

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