Madness of Mary Lincoln: a Reappraisal

In the 16 years since his groundbreaking book The Madness of Mary Lincoln was published, Jason Emerson has continued researching and writing about Mary Lincoln, publishing multiple books and articles on her, giving lectures, and assisting other historians with their work on this controversial first lady. In his next talk on Looking for Lincoln, Emerson will discuss his opinions on Mary Lincoln's mental health and her Insanity Case, and how his ideas and interpretations of her story have evolved in the nearly 20 years since he finished writing his first book. Was she crazy? Was she framed? Has new scholarship revealed new evidence that should change our minds? Emerson will take us on a tour of this most infamous topic of Mary's life and bibliography.

Jason Emerson is the author or editor of nine books, including Giant in the Shadows: The Life of Robert T. Lincoln, The Madness of Mary Lincoln, and Lincoln the Inventor. Learn more about him on his website at

This program will livestream on Looking for Lincoln's Facebook page and YouTube Channel. The event is FREE. 

Event Information

When: Wednesday, March 6, 2024 7:00 PM until 8:00 PM


Organizer: Looking for Lincoln