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Baker Jean H Mary Todd Lincoln A biography New York W W Norton Jean H Baker graduated with a BA from Goucher College in 1961 received a masters from John Hopkins University in 1965 and a PhD in 1971 She was the assistant professor of history at Goucher College from 1972-1976 associate professor of history at Goucher College from 1976-1981 and is presently the professor of history at the same college Ms Baker has written several books including The Stevensons of Illinois 1976 Mary Todd Lincoln 1987 and Affair of Party 1982 She is currently working on a revision of Civil War and Reconstruction with David Donald and Michael Holt Source wwwgouchereduhistorydepartmentbakerhtmlFor all interested persons to understand the justification and reasoning behind the alleged lunacy of Mary Todd LincolnMary Ann Todd was born in Lexington Kentucky on December 13 1818 to Eliza and Robert Todd a rather prominent family She had six siblings Her mother died when Mary Ann was only six years old Many women died in this era due to complications of birth and incurable diseases Mary Todds father Robert remarried shortly after his first wifes death Mary Todd never had a comfortable or loving relationship with her stepmother Betsy Betsy was often critical of Mary Todd and also shamed her in public Mary Todd was sent to a boarding school for girls and excelled in her studies even though it was not common or acceptable for young ladies to continue with schooling after a certain age Mary was fluent in French and was very excited and interested in political issuesIn 1839 Mary Todd met and began a relationship with Abraham Lincoln Abraham was not of her status but she had a feeling that he would take her to the White House one day They loved each other and were married in 1842 Mary gave birth to Robert in 1843 Eddie in 1846 Willie in 1850 and Tad in 1853 Mary and
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