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Being the First Lady is always a challenging position to hold, a wife thrust into national and international attention when her husband becomes president. In addition to managing the White House and supporting her husband, a First Lady is a symbol for the nation. President Abraham Lincoln is one of history’s most beloved presidents—but his wife, Mary Todd Lincoln, is not one of the most renowned First Ladies. While President Lincoln faced a tumultuous nation and the outbreak of the Civil War, Mary Todd Lincoln faced her own challenges in the White House and in her personal health.
The daughter of a wealthy Kentucky family, Mary Todd Lincoln was destined to end up a politician’s life. Courted by Abraham Lincoln and his long-time political opponent Stephen A. Douglas, Mary Todd was a highly sought after woman in Kentucky society as she was well educated and well known. After marrying Lincoln, she and her husband enjoyed a pleasant life in Illinois. Yet when the Lincolns headed to the White House, Mary Todd found life to become increasingly difficult.
With the outbreak of the Civil War, Mary supported her husband’s goal of saving the Union and stayed loyal to every one of his policies. Yet Mary Todd Lincoln was considered by many to be the first “westerner” First Lady—and this led many to dislike her. She worked hard to adapt to eastern culture, but critics described Mary as “coarse” and “pretentious.” Mary struggled with her social responsibilities, refurbishing and redecorating the White House only to be accused of excessive overspending while the Union was at war. Mary Todd Lincoln was a kind First Lady at heart, however. She spent her days visiting hospital in and around Washington, D.C. to offer flowers and fruit to wounded soldiers. She wrote letters for the injured, so they could send news of their condition him to their families. Mary even accompanied President Lincoln to battlefields for military visits.
After witnessing her husband’s assassination at Ford’s Theatre, Mary Todd Lincoln struggled greatly. She was involuntarily institutionalized for psychiatric disease after her husband was murdered, and suffered from migraines and depression. Though the years after Abraham Lincoln died were difficult, Mary Todd Lincoln still remains a symbol of strength during one of America’s darkest, most challenging eras.
An exclusive piece in our Heritage Costumes collection of quality costume clothing, this children’s Mary Todd Lincoln Victorian dress costume is authentic to the 1800s and the attire worn by the brave First Lady to President Lincoln herself. You’ll look just like the leading woman supporting abolition and managing White House matters when you don this historically accurate costume set. To capture Lincoln’s attire accurately, this costume includes a 2-piece satin polyester jacquard Victorian dress with contrasting penne velvet and a zipper back, a broadcloth lined bodice, a skirt with adjustable side panniers trimmed with white polyester lace, and a Victorian fascinator headpiece.
This high-quality Mary Todd Lincoln costume can be used for historical school events, play, or simply a fun day of pretending to be a First Lady standing by the President’s side during the Civil War in the 19th century. Made with pride and care right in the United States, this kids’ Mary Todd Lincoln Victorian dress is built to last.
Women's history is more than the sum of its outstanding players: Rosa Parks, Susan B. Anthony, Sacagawea, Helen Keller, Amelia Earhart, et al. These women enjoy a firm place in society's collective consciousness. As cultural icons, they represent firsts or standouts in history.
Self: 100% Polyester Satin Jacquard & Penne Velvet
Lining: 65% Polyester 35% Cotton
Trim: 65% Polyester 35% Cotton
* Most items made from polyester/cotton blend treat as polyester.
* Most items are made from polyester can be machine washed and dried.
* Use warm water and add a fabric softener to the final rinse cycle.
* Machine dry at low temperature setting and remove articles as soon as the tumbling cycle is complete.
* If ironing is needed, use a moderately warm iron.
* Most items made from polyester can be dry-cleaned.
To remove stains:
* Soak and then wash with soap and warm water using a mild liquid detergent.
* Remove tough stains by spraying with a mild stain remover. It will have a better chance of removing stains other than food and dirt.
* Tumble dry on low heat.
*Dress may vary slightly in brocade pattern and color*
Children’s clothing for both Boy's And Girls is the same size. The size is based on either the child’s weight and length in pounds and inches or on specific measurements (chest, waist, and hip).