The Insanity Trial of Mary Lincoln

This is the second post in a two-part series. ICYMI: Why Do We Think That Mary Lincoln Was Crazy? Subscribers, you should have received a narrative timeline last night. If you did not, let me know and I’ll resend it to you. At one o’clock in the afternoon on May 19, 1875, an unexpected visitor knocked on the door of Mary Lincoln’s hotel room. It was Leonard Swett, one of her late husband’s law associates. The self-proclaimed “First Widow” had just arrived in Chicago ahead of the ten-year anniversary of the assassination of her husband. She assumed Swett, having learned she was in town from the local papers, had come to pay his respects. He had not.

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