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The Mentelles: Mary Todd Lincoln, Henry Clay, and the Immigrant Family Who Educated Antebellum Kentucky

Randolph Paul Runyon


Drawing on newly translated materials and previously overlooked primary sources, Randolph Paul Runyon explores the life and times of the Mentelles in this intriguing dual biography. He illustrates how the couple's origins and education gave them access to the higher strata of Bluegrass society even as their views on religion, politics, and culture kept them from feeling at home in America. They were intimates of statesman Henry Clay, and one of their daughters married into the Clay family, but like other immigrant families in the region, they struggled to survive. Through the years, they often ... More

Keywords: Kentucky History, Henry Clay, Mary Todd Lincoln, Lexington, Kentucky, Immigration, Education, Religion, Charlotte Mentelle, Waldemar Mentelle, Letters

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780813175386
Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813175386.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Randolph Paul Runyon, author
Miami University