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First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln did little to impress the American public. She spent money wildly and suffered from moody episodes that ended with public outbursts. Now, though, Expertscape CEO and scholar Dr. George Sotos believes he understands why she behaved in such a way – and it had nothing to do with a bad attitude.

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During her time, no one could understand why Mary behaved the way that she did. She suffered from depressive episodes and violent mood swings, and some historians have since deemed her “insane,” according to CNN. Indeed, her eldest son Robert even had her institutionalized later in life.

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