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Charles Nirdlinger’s 1911 comedy The First Lady of the Land recounts his courtship of the young Quaker widow, Dolly Payne Todd4 who runs a boarding house in Philadelphia, then the nation’s capital. Because she prefers to maintain her independence rather than to depend upon the support of relatives after having been left with debts from her marriage, Dolly risks the disapproval of polite society, including that of Martha Washington, for the way she earns her living, running a boarding house. As the play begins, the House of Representatives has taken 36 ballots to decide the 1800 presidential election after an Electoral College tie between Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr.
The most unusual critic was J. ”68 One might wonder how such a comment could be made about a play so focused on Lincoln’s personal life that it is nearly devoid of political content. The answer is that Thomas’s committee was staunchly opposed to the very idea of a government-run theater. His criticism was part of what would become a successful campaign to end the theater project. It again demonstrates the pressures on playwrights to avoid departing from conventional views of presidents. Lincoln’s romance with Ann Rutledge was becoming an important theme in plays and films.
Many of the stories are recycled, such as one joke, previously used by Sherwood, about a single letter “d” being enough for the Lord but not the Todds. The president pardons some young soldiers. Although the play does discuss Lincoln’s occasional depression and his conflicts with Union generals, overall the Lincoln depicted is still the heroic president—the Man of the People, the Great Emancipator, and the Savior of the Union we have become accustomed to, with no mention of more serious flaws. Despite the limits of the genre, critics found quite a bit to like in the play.