Wednesday, June 19, 2013

June 19: Mary Todd Lincoln declared sane

On this date in History .... June 19, 1875:

Mary Todd Lincoln was declared sane. 

She had been committed to the Bellevue Insane Asylum in 1875 and made two suicide attempts the day that verdict was made.  Myra Bradwell, one of the country's first women lawyers, believed Lincoln to be sane and filed an appeal on her behalf citing that Lincoln was being held against her will.  

After the courts found in favor of Mrs. Lincoln, she moved to France for four years before returning to the U.S. to live with her sister. She died two years later.


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