Mary Todd Lincoln, Inaugural Dress, March 4th 1865 - 01023
The inauguration of president has always been a dramatic and colorful affair, and this was certainly the case in March of 1865. The war was coming to a close. Mary Lincoln could see that the president’s attention would move towards peace. She had much to look forward to. Hoping to be able to enjoy the celebration with him, she ordered pearls and diamonds to compliment her outfit. It is reported that at the time of Lincolns' death, she owned nearly a full year of the president's salary just in jewels and gowns!
This was one of the last happy times that Mary would have. The end of the war was in sight and Washington D.C. was in a festive mood. Even after the president left the ball at midnight, Mary stayed and continued to dance the night away.