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Explore Abraham Lincoln's marriage to Mary Todd and time as state lawmaker in Springfield, Illinois


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NARRATOR: In 1836, he was licensed to practice law and was reelected to the State House. One of the policies he advocated was woman's suffrage. It was evidence of Lincoln's caring for people--and his concern about the inequities that he saw around him.

In 1839, he met Mary Todd. She was from a prominent slave-holding family in Lexington, Kentucky--a young woman cultured and much admired. Two years later they were married. In May of 1844, they bought a home at Eighth and Jackson in Springfield, the only home Lincoln was ever to own. He and Mary had four sons in the Springfield house; one died there.

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