BY JEWETT E. RICKER JR.

This is the second and concluding installment of Jewett E. Ricker’s 1937 speech to the Joliet Illinois Women of Rotary. Mr. Ricker is the grandson of Mary Todd Lincoln’s friend, Reverend David Swing.

To me, the story of Mary Todd Lincoln is the most tragic story of any character in American history. Certainly she was tested and tried as few persons ever have been. And certainly, with her temperament to combat, she did a far better job than most women could have done under similar circumstances.

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