Henry "Chevalier" Wykoff (1813-1884)

Henry "Chevalier" Wykoff (or Wikoff) was a libertine, journalist and adventurer. He was an undercover contributor to the "New York Herald." Although he had a scandalous reputation for his affairs with women, Wykoff was admitted to the inner circle of Mary Todd Lincoln's friends. Mrs. Lincoln accepted him as a majordomo and guide in matters of etqiuette and toilette. Mrs. Lincoln's reputation was tarnished by the relationship; the "Chicago Tribune" called Wykoff her "galant." When exposed as a spy, Wykoff was arrested and imprisoned, but nonetheless returned to Mrs. Lincoln's inner sanctum. When President Lincoln was shown evidence of Wykoff's spying, he personally escorted Wykoff out of the White House. Mrs. Lincoln then began seeing Wykoff in the Green House. The "chevalier" later returned to France and attached himself to the French emperor, Louis Napoleon.

Date:
1863 circa 5 years
Original Format:
Carte de Visite
Item#:
MES27006
Photographer:
C. D. Fredricks & Co.
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1202px
Width:
729px
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