When the Lincolns moved into The White House in 1861, Mary Todd declared it uninhabitable. Upon marrying Abraham Lincoln, Mary went from the life of a Lexington, Kentucky socialite to living in a single room in a Springfield boarding house. Her position as First Lady was a chance to regain her previous social standing. Though The White House had been redecorated twice in the preceding decades, Mary Todd went about the business of spending the $20,000 traditionally appropriated by Congress to allow new Presidents to make the White House their own. She bought drapes and china, furniture and rugs. By the time she was done, she’d spent $6,878 over the allotment from Congress. Mary Todd sent the Commissioner of Public Buildings to plead her case with her husband, to which Lincoln replied that he “....would never approve the bills for flub dubs for that damned old house!...It would stink in the land to have it said that an appropriation for $20,000 for furnishing the house had been overrun by the President when the poor freezing soldiers could not have blankets." In the end, Congress quietly covered the First Lady’s expenditures in the next year’s appropriations, Civil War notwithstanding.