Mary Baker Eddy and Abraham Lincoln

Mary Baker Eddy’s great admiration for President Abraham Lincoln is illustrated by an engraving that Eddy displayed in two of her homes. “The First Reading of the Emancipation Proclamation before the Cabinet,” originally painted by Francis B. Carpenter, shows Lincoln’s reading of the Proclamation on July 22, 1862. This subject matter tells us that Eddy not only admired the President, but supported his ideals. She displayed the print both at Pleasant View, where she lived from 1892 to 1908, and at Chestnut Hill, her home from 1908 until her passing in 1910.

Eddy lived through one of the most volatile periods in American history, the antebellum era, the period before the tragedy of the Civil War. This was a time of enormous tension between the southern and the northern states, for even though most Americans did not oppose the institution of slavery, many wished it confined to the South, and not expanded to the new territories of the “far West.” The Emancipation Proclamation, however, was a step in a very different direction: the complete abolition of slavery.

Spiritual Lens
Apology accepted
February 18, 2013

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