- The Lincoln White House
Abraham Lincoln: An Extraordinary Life
The Lincoln White House
The Lincolns faced the challenge of maintaining proper decorum without appearing self-indulgent when so many were sacrificing so much. Their background made this task even more difficult, as they had to overcome eastern stereotypes of “uncultured” westerners.
"The people scrutinize every article that I wear with critical curiosity. The very fact of having grown up in the West, subjects me to more searching observation."
—Mary Lincoln, Summer 1864
Gift of Lincoln Isham, great-grandson of Abraham Lincoln, 1958
East Room of the White House after Mary installed a new carpet and wallpaper in 1861. Courtesy of the White House.
The White House
Photograph of Mary Lincoln by Mathew Brady, January 1862
An Impossible Position
Grand Presidential Party at the White House, February 5th, published in Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Weekly, February 22, 1862
Grand Presidential Party
Upstairs, however, Willie was resting sick in bed. The doctors had assured the Lincolns that he would be fine, but 15 days later Willie died from typhoid fever.
Courtesy of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum