Ann Rutledge Biography


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Ann RutledgeAnn Rutledge (January 7, 1813 – August 25, 1835), American historical figure. She was the daughter of James Rutledge, a tavern owner at New Salem, Ill., where in 1831 she became acquainted with Abraham Lincoln.

She was betrothed to John McNamar, a storekeeper using the name McNeil, who was on a prolonged visit to the East when she died in Sand Ridge, Ill., on Aug. 25, 1835. There is evidence that Lincoln was deeply moved by her death. In 1866, Lincoln’s former law partner, William Herndon, spun the romantic story of their deep love, which has become a legend. Most historians regard it as unsubstantial, supported only by vague recollections and suppositions long after the event.

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