been sitting at sixth and jefferson. eliza and simeon -- simeon was the editor of the newspaper, eliza was his wife. mary and lincoln's engagement first broke up -- broke upy first because he got cold feet or did he just feel like he was inadequate for mary? i think a lot of it was the pressure from her sisters because they always felt like he wasn't good enough for mary to marry, because mary was a todd. we know they broke up right after new year's eve and they were miserable. both of them were very miserable. simeon -- simeon invited lincoln and eliza invited mary to dinner one night, not knowing the other would be there. they sat across like they had never been apart from each other. after that initial meeting, they andted coming here secretly -- coming here secretly because they didn't want her sisters to but in again. her sisters didn't think that abraham lincoln, one of our greatest historical figures, was good enough. >> the todds were very wealthy people. robert was a merchant and a politician. he was very prominent in the city of lexington. henry clay lived down the str
, each one invited the other, like simeon invited lincoln and eliza invited mary to dinner, not knowing the other was going to be there. evening and talked that like they had never been apart. it had been nine months. after that initial meeting, they started coming here secretly and meeting and courting at their home. in secret, because she didn't want her sisters to but in again. toddu mentioned mary sisters did not think abraham lincoln, one of our greatest historical figures, was good enough. give me perspective on who were the todd's and who was married? -- who was mary? aristocracy ofe -- todd's were aristocracy. he was prominent in lexington. henry clay lived down the street from them, a mile and a half down the road. mary is known to write her pony over there to visit. she admired him greatly because of his political stature. she was engrossed in politics. she found it fascinating. lincoln was a nobody. he was poor. he was a backwoods men. and that todd's didn't think he measured up to who they thought a todd should marry. mary married for love. she knew what she saw in the man.
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