Moyer District Library

"Douglas, Lincoln, and Mary Todd"

  • When Oct 15, 2015 from 06:30 PM to 07:30 PM (US/Central / UTC-500)
  • Contact Phone 784-5343
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“Douglas, Lincoln, and Mary Ann Todd”


            Although their great debates of 1858 and race for the presidency in 1860 place Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas among the best known political opponents of the 19th century, those were only the latest in more than two decades of opposition. One of their least known contests was personal, according to the author of a new biography of Stephen A. Douglas. Both sought the hand of the same young woman, Mary Ann Todd.

            Historian Reg Ankrom of Quincy said the interest of both Lincoln and Douglas in the younger Todd was one of the surprising findings of his research for his new biography, Stephen A. Douglas: The Political Apprenticeship, 1833-1843. McFarland Press of Jefferson, NC, published the book in April.

            Ankrom will tell the story in a talk about “Douglas, Lincoln, and Mary Ann Todd,” at Moyer District Library, 618 S. Sangamon Ave., Gibson City, at 6:30 p.m. October 15. The public is invited to the event, which is free of charge. The author will be available after his presentation to autograph copies of the book, which will be available for sale.