Lincoln’s Inaugural Ball: Admit One Gentleman and Two Ladies

What’s up with this invite? Is Abe trying to tip the balance in the favor of his male advisors? Bizarre … two to one ratio?

Inauguration ball, Monday evening, March 6, 1865. Admit one gentleman and two ladies.
Inauguration ball, Monday evening, March 6, 1865. Admit one gentleman and two ladies.

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Tom founded Ghosts of DC on January 4th, 2012 as a blog to uncover the lost and untold history of Washington, D.C. He has lived in the city for over a decade and loves exploring every corner of the District.

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