Mary Todd Lincoln papers to remain in Louisville museum

Louisville, KY - Posted by Charles Gazaway - email

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Some important historical documents will stay in Louisville. The Frazier International History Museum got the winning bid on Mary Todd Lincoln's insanity commitment papers.

The former First Lady of the United States and widow of the 16th President, Abraham Lincoln, had an insanity hearing in 1875 and was committed to Bellevue Place in Batavia, Illinois.

"She was, I'm sure, terribly depressed," said Madeleine Burnside of the Frazier International History Museum. "Her husband had been killed in front of her, three of her children had died, and her last remaining son she obviously didn't get along with, he's the guy who confined her to the insane asylum."

The papers include a warrant for Lincoln's arrest, a decree of the court case under which she was declared insane and a record book of Bellevue Place with her name in it.

It is rare that the documents survived since this was a controversial move and is not the sort of thing a family would want to have remembered.

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