Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd Lincoln in Springfield, Illinois, attributed to Nicholas H. Shepherd, c. 1846

Lincoln’s Marriage

Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd came from very different backgrounds, but they shared a keen interest in politics and high hopes for the future. Mary, born to a wealthy, slave-holding Kentucky family, moved to Springfield in 1839 to live with her older sister, Elizabeth, and her husband, Ninian W. Edwards, a prominent lawyer and Whig politician.

Abraham and Mary were wed at their home on November 4, 1842.