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With her bizarre behavior, First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln arguably did little to impress the American public. It’s said, for instance, that she spent money wildly; not only that, but she also suffered from moody episodes that sometimes ended in public outbursts. But Expertscape CEO and scholar Dr. George Sotos believes that he understands why Mary was so eccentric in this way – and according to him, it had nothing to do with a bad attitude.

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During Mary’s time, no one could quite understand why she behaved in the manner that she did. Sadly, she suffered from depressive episodes and violent mood swings, with these bouts of ill-health apparently leading some historians to deem her as having been insane. Indeed, Mary’s eldest son, Robert, even had her institutionalized later in life.

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