This Lexington belle was husband hunting in the “wilderness.”
Mary had come to Springfield to visit her younger sister and perhaps find a husband. At their first meeting Lincoln wanted “in the worst way” to dance with Mary. She later remarked he did.
Portrait by artist-historian George Stuart.
Courtesy George S. Stuart.
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