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Mrs. Abraham Lincoln

Mrs. Abraham Lincoln

A Study of Her Personality and Her Influence on Lincoln

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W.A. Evans, Foreword by Jason Emerson


Paperback (Other formats: E-book)
432 pages, 5.5 x 8.5, 30 illustrations


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About the Book

First published in 1932, this was the first thoroughly researched biography of Mary Lincoln ever written, and it remains the most balanced and complete work on this controversial First Lady. Author W. A. Evans challenges the disparaging views of Mary Lincoln that were generally accepted at the time, offering a comprehensive and informed look at a woman whose physical and mental health problems have often been misconstrued or overlooked by other biographers. Evans conducted extensive research, interviewing Mrs. Lincoln’s family members, seeking advice and assistance from numerous Lincoln scholars and historians, scouring thousands of pages of contemporary newspapers and primary resources, reviewing correspondence Mary wrote during her stay at Bellevue Place sanitarium, and consulting with several medical experts. The result of all this research is an objective and detailed portrait of Mrs. Lincoln and her influence on her husband that still has a great deal of historical value for readers today.

A new foreword by Jason Emerson, author of The Madness of Mary Lincoln, provides biographical information on Evans and background on the origins of the book and its reception and influence. Finally back in print, this classic biography is essential reading for all with an interest in the Lincoln family.


W. A. Evans, a physician, public health authority, columnist, and historian became Chicago’s first health commissioner in 1907. He was the health editor for the Chicago Tribune where his column “How to Keep Well” ran for twenty-three years.


“[Mrs. Abraham Lincoln] ought to stand on every shelf which holds a biography of Abraham Lincoln, for his great heart would not have wanted adoration for himself without at least justice for Mary.”—New York Times