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February 20th 1862: William Lincoln dies

On this day in 1862, William Wallace Lincoln, son of President Abraham Lincoln, died aged eleven. Known as ‘Willie’, he died due to illness which was most likely typhoid fever. His brother Tad also became ill, but later recovered, though the illness greatly troubled his family, who feared they would lose another son. Lincoln and his wife Mary Todd were deeply affected by Willie’s death, with President Lincoln not returning to work for three weeks and Mary Todd being so distraught that her husband feared for her sanity. His son’s death occurred in the midst of Lincoln’s presidency, and in the second year of the American Civil War that was prompted by the election of the anti-slavery Republican Lincoln. Despite these personal setbacks, Lincoln successfully oversaw the Union’s victory in the Civil War and the abolition of slavery - leading to him being known as the ‘great emancipator’.

“My poor boy. He was too good for this earth. God has called him home. I know that he is much better off in heaven, but then we loved him so. It is hard, hard to have him die!”
- Lincoln upon his son’s death

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President Abraham Lincoln Gay

In 1837, the 28-year-old Abraham Lincoln arrived in Springfield, Illinois, to found a law practice. Almost immediately, he struck up a friendship with a 23-year-old shopkeeper named Joshua Speed. There may have been an element of calculation to this friendship, since Joshua’s father was a prominent judge, but the two clearly hit it off. Lincoln rented an apartment with Speed, where the two slept in the same bed. Sources from the time, including the two men themselves, describe them as inseparable.

Lincoln and Speed were close enough to still raise eyebrows today. Speed’s father died in 1840, and shortly afterwards, Joshua announced plans to return to the family plantation in Kentucky. The news seems to have stricken Lincoln. On January 1, 1841, he broke off his engagement with Mary Todd and made plans to follow Speed to Kentucky.

Speed left without him, but Lincoln followed a few months later, in July. In 1926, writer Carl Sandburg published a biography of Lincoln in which he described the relationship between the two men as having, “a streak of lavender, and spots soft as May violets.” Eventually, Joshua Speed would marry a woman named Fanny Henning. The marriage lasted 40 years, until Joshua’s death in 1882, and produced no children.

From 1862 to 1863, President Lincoln was accompanied by a bodyguard from the Pennsylvania Bucktail Brigade named Captain David Derickson. Unlike Joshua Speed, Derickson was a prodigious father, marrying twice and siring ten children. Like Speed, however, Derickson became a close friend of the president and also shared his bed while Mary Todd was away from Washington. According to an 1895 regimental history written by one of Derickson’s fellow officers:

“Captain Derickson, in particular, advanced so far in the President’s confidence and esteem that, in Mrs. Lincoln’s absence, he frequently spent the night at his cottage, sleeping in the same bed with him, and — it is said — making use of His Excellency’s night-shirt!”

Another source, the well-connected wife of Lincoln’s naval adjundant, wrote in her diary: “Tish says, ‘there is a Bucktail Soldier here devoted to the President, drives with him, & when Mrs L. is not home, sleeps with him.’ What stuff!”

Derickson’s association with Lincoln ended with his promotion and transfer in 1863.

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~Moon

anonymous asked:

Historical fact of the week: Abraham Lincoln is thought by some to be gay or bisexual, because of his stormy marriage to Mary Todd and the times he introduced Joshua Speed, a friend of his, as the man he used to sleep with.

Historical fact of the day!!!

What I discovered was sort of a strange emotional reaction to the subject, an infatuation with Mary Todd or with serial killers, or a real critical position on [certain things] I wasn’t expecting. My infatuation with this record seems to be a lot on industrialism, for some reason. I don’t know why, and I don’t even know if that communicates, but that definitely was a kind of undercurrent to everything that I was writing about.
—  Sufjan Stevens discussing Illinois in a 2005 article in the Washington Post

When I was in elementary school I remember learning about all the great men in US history. It wasn’t until I did a play in 3rd grade where I did the part of a Herbert Hoover’s wife that I realized that behind all those men they told me about in the books, were wondrous women they kept hidden. So I’d go into the library and check out a book about a presidents wife, or some other great woman and I’d read them late into the night. I had to do that on my own because they never taught me about them in school. I remember reading about all these wonderful women and wondering why they were confined to the shelves in the library. I’m remembering all of this because my niece’s birthday is coming up. And I want her to grow up knowing that she can very damn well be a princess, but she can also be a scientist, or a doctor, or a carpenter, whatever the hell she wants because she has no limits for being female. She’ll learn about Abraham Lincoln and The Orville Brothers, but she’ll know who Mary Todd Lincoln was and Amelia Earhart too. This world is filled with misogynists and sexist people who will tell her otherwise, but she’s already too smart and too proud, just like her auntie.

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