When the American Civil War was over, one of its leaders, Abraham Lincoln, was forced to turn his wife, Frances, into a chauffer’s aide.
When Frances Lincoln was sick, she stayed in a hospital, and the Civil War’s two generals, General George B. McClellan and General Robert E. Lee, were forced to employ a similar arrangement.
Frances Lincoln’s husband, Abraham, had been an officer in the U.S. Army, and he was one of the few men who could stand on his own two feet.
“I had two horses and a car and I could get all these people around,” he said in the documentary “The First Lady.”
I’m going to have a heart attack.'” “
The next day I was in bed and the nurses would call me and say, ‘Oh, I have a big heart.
I’m going to have a heart attack.'”
He didn’t know what to say, so he just stood there and talked with them.
I had two animals.
And I said, ‘Well, I’ll just go out and do my best.
You know, I’m just not going to be able to do my job.’
“After the war, he was asked to take care of a widow, and they had a daughter, Elizabeth.
He volunteered for the Civil Service and went to college in Maryland.
But it wasn’t until the Civil Rights Movement and the Vietnam War that he finally decided to leave the military and become a full-time, full-fledged citizen.
“It was my life. “
This was the first time I was able to walk away from that,” he told The New York Times.
“It was my life.
He never wanted to be a chaufferer again. “
That’s what was so compelling about the experience.”
He never wanted to be a chaufferer again.
In the 1960s, he became a full professor of public policy at the University of Pennsylvania, and in the 1970s he served as chairman of the board of trustees of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, where he helped develop a national strategy to combat discrimination.
But in the 1980s, as President Ronald Reagan was preparing to nominate him for a Cabinet position, Frances Lincoln had a nervous breakdown and died in a Philadelphia hotel room, the result of a drug overdose.
“She was very much alive,” Abraham Lincoln told The Associated Press.
“We were in touch for about a year and a half.
She was very, very close to me, and we were able to talk about it.
She would say, you know, ‘I’ll tell you this.
I have to take this medicine.
I’ve got to go to the hospital, I’ve gotta go to my husband.
And you know what?
She had a great sense of humour. “
She had two great children, she was a good mother, and she was the one who was going on this trip with me.
“She gave me a great opportunity, and when she died, I thought, I will give my entire life to helping this country,” Abraham said. “
But it was the worst thing that I’ve ever done.”
“She gave me a great opportunity, and when she died, I thought, I will give my entire life to helping this country,” Abraham said.
“And it’s really been a privilege to be part of it.
It’s been a wonderful experience.”