2 thoughts on “Robert Todd Lincoln

  1. Robert Todd Lincoln
    Robert Todd Lincoln – Harris and Ewing.jpg
    35th United States Secretary of War
    In office
    March 5, 1881 – March 4, 1885
    President James Garfield
    Chester A. Arthur
    Preceded by Alexander Ramsey
    Succeeded by William Endicott
    United States Minister to the United Kingdom
    In office
    May 25, 1889 – May 4, 1893
    President Benjamin Harrison
    Grover Cleveland
    Preceded by Edward Phelps
    Succeeded by Thomas F. Bayard (Ambassador)
    Personal details
    Born Robert Todd Lincoln
    August 1, 1843
    Springfield, Illinois, U.S.
    Died July 26, 1926 (aged 82)
    Manchester, Vermont, U.S.
    Resting place Arlington National Cemetery
    Political party Republican
    Spouse(s) Mary Harlan

    (m. 1868)
    Children
    MamieAbraham IIJessie
    Mother Mary Todd
    Father Abraham Lincoln
    Relatives See Lincoln family
    Education Harvard University (BA)
    Harvard Law School (attended)
    Old University of Chicago (attended)
    Signature
    Military service
    Allegiance United States
    Branch/service Union Army
    Years of service 1865
    Rank Union army cpt rank insignia.jpg Captain
    Battles/wars American Civil War
    Robert Todd Lincoln (August 1, 1843 – July 26, 1926) was an American lawyer, businessman. and politician. He was the eldest child of President Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd Lincoln, and the only one of their four children to live to adulthood. Robert Lincoln became a business lawyer and company president, and served as U.S. Secretary of War and U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom.

    Lincoln was born in Springfield, Illinois, and graduated from Harvard College before serving on the staff of Ulysses S. Grant as a captain in the Union Army in the closing days of the American Civil War. After the war, he married Mary Eunice Harlan, and they had three children together. Following completion of law school in Chicago, he built a successful law practice, and became wealthy representing corporate clients.

    Active in Republican politics, and a tangible symbol of his father’s legacy, Lincoln was often spoken of as a possible candidate for office, including the presidency, but never took steps to mount a campaign. The one office to which he was elected was town supervisor of South Chicago, which he held from 1876 to 1877; the town later became part of the city of Chicago. Lincoln served as United States Secretary of War in the administration of James A. Garfield, continuing under Chester A. Arthur, and as United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom (with the role then titled as “minister”) in the Benjamin Harrison administration.

    Lincoln became general counsel of the Pullman Palace Car Company, and after founder George Pullman died in 1897, Lincoln was the company’s president. After retiring from this position in 1911, Lincoln served as chairman of the board until 1922. In Lincoln’s later years he resided at homes in Washington, D.C. and Manchester, Vermont; the Manchester home, Hildene, was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1977. In 1922, he took part in the dedication ceremonies for the Lincoln Memorial. Lincoln died at Hildene on July 26, 1926, six days before his 83rd birthday, and was buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

  2. Thank you Mr. D. Massa for your generous amount of information on Todd Lincoln. The average person has little awareness as to who he was.
    Many are confused regarding his father, and have misinterpreted his father’s true character and intentions.
    History is becoming blurry with each new generation unfortunately. Lincoln may have been the first Republican President of the American Nation.
    Be sure you get enough sleep kind sir.

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