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Former slave Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley was dressmaker to Mary Todd Lincoln until she published a tell-all book about the First Family in 1868.
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Dressmaker, author, former slave. Born in 1818 in Dinwiddie, Virginia. She purchased her freedom from slavery in 1855. By 1860 she was a dressmaker in Washington, D.C., and attracted the notice of Mary Todd Lincoln, to whom she became a companion and confidante. Keckley lost her clientele after publishing details of the Lincoln's private lives in Behind the Scenes (1868) and she spent her last forty years in obscurity.
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