MRS. LINCOLN, the high-spirited daughter of a notable Kentucky family, had from girlhood the ambition to become the wife of a President, and in pursuance of same, showed remarkable discernment in accepting the suit of the shy rail-splitter in preference to a suitor of such prominence as Stephen A. Douglas, future political rival of Lincoln. With the memory of Ann Rutledge still filling his heart, Lincoln failed to appear on the wedding day. In the end his sense of chivalry triumphed, and as if determined to take no more chances on his wayward moods, he and Miss Todd married in such haste that she had to wear a borrowed wedding gown. If either repented at leisure, neither ever gave voice to such repentance.
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