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Mary's Wedding Ring

When historians refer to the wedding ring that Abraham Lincoln gave to Mary on November 4, 1842, they usually claim that the inscription read "Love is eternal." However, according to the Chicago Tribune edition of July 18, 1882, there were more than three words engraved.

Prior to her death, Mary removed her wedding ring from her finger. On July 16, 1882, in her sister Elizabeth Edwards' house, the same house where she had married Abraham Lincoln forty years before, she passed away. The following day, some of Elizabeth's friends found the ring and discovered that the inscription read, "A.L. to Mary, Nov. 4, 1842. Love is Eternal." The ring was subsequently placed on Mary's finger, where it had been for forty years, and was buried with her remains in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Springfield, Illinois.

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On October 3, 1863 Abraham Lincoln invited his fellow Americans "to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November.... as a day of Thanksgiving....." Lincoln Home National Historic Site, Illinois