Today is Mary Todd Lincoln’s birthday.
This is the earliest daguerreotype of Mary. It was taken sometime in 1846 when Lincoln was running for Congress. Though she looks a bit anxious, her eyes are full of life. There is something in her expression that says she is interested in what the future holds. As the years wore on and the tragedies piled up, her expression changed dramatically.
If you are interested in learning more about Mary, there are a number of very fine books out there, including the biography by Jean Baker. I also recommend these titles: