Wedding Tablecloth
Mary Lincoln Wedding Skirt

On Friday, November 4th, 1842, Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd surprised their friends and family by abruptly announcing that they intended to marry that evening. Originally the young couple intended that the ceremony would be performed in the home of the Episcopal Minister Charles Dresser, but when Mary’s sister Elizabeth was informed of their plans, she persuaded them to be married in the parlor of her home. Mary borrowed this skirt from her sister Frances—the same one Frances had worn at her wedding 3 years earlier. Following the ceremony, the new couple dined on this tablecloth that had been purchased by the Edwards family while in Washington, D. C. and brought back to Springfield.

Mary Lincoln wedding skirt gift of the family of Mary Baker Patteson, 1965

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