Sunday, November 4, 2012

November 4: Lincoln Weds

On this date in History .... 1842:

Abraham Lincoln marries Mary Anne Todd.

They met at a cotillion and began  seeing each other socially the very next day. Despite their 10-yr age difference and her family’s objections, she accepted the proposal of the tall, lanky and living-in-poverty lawyer.  However, Lincoln called off the engagement in early 1841, but they got back together in the fall of 1842. 

Not wasting any time with a long engagement, they made plans to immediately marry. They both wanted a small wedding and planned to wed on Nov 3. They had to push it out a day because Mary’s guardian insisted she be married in their home but a sewing society meeting was being held in the home on the 3rd. About 30 people attended.  Mary wore a simple white muslin dress but no veil or flowers. They were married for 22 years.

The room where Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd were married.  Photo courtesy of

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