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Elizabeth (Hobbs) Keckley - Early life, Marriage and Release, Career

lincoln dressmaker

Dressmaker, born in Dinwiddie, Virginia, USA. She purchased her freedom from slavery in 1855. By 1860 she was a dressmaker in Washington, DC, 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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