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Flowers left for Thomas Lincoln
Thomas Lincoln: You will be was the fourth and youngest son of Abraham and Mary Lincoln. The nickname "Tad" was given to him by his father who found Thomas "as wriggly as a tadpole" when he was a baby. Tad was known to be impulsive and unrestrained, and did not attend school. He had free run of the White House, and there are stories of him interrupting Presidential meetings, collecting animals, and charging visitors to see his father. Tad outlived his father, but died at the age of 18 on July 15, 1871, in Chicago. Thomas Lincoln was born on April 4, 1853, the fourth son of Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd. The couple's other children were Robert, born in 1843; "Eddie", born in 1846, who died in February 1850 of tuberculosis; and "Willie", born in December 1850. Named after his paternal grandfather Thomas Lincoln, the fourth boy was soon nicknamed "Tad" by his father, for his small body and large head. Lincoln said as an infant, he wiggled like a tadpole. Tad's first name has occasionally been erroneously recorded as Thaddeus. Tad was born with a form of cleft lip and palate, causing him speech problems throughout his life. He had a lisp, and delivered his words rapidly and unintelligibly. Often only those close to Tad were able to understand him. For example he called his father's bodyguard, William H Crook, "Took" and called his father "Papa Day" instead of "Papa Dear". The cleft palate contributed to uneven teeth; he had difficulty chewing his food to the extent that his meals were specially prepared. Tad and his brother Willie were considered "notorious hellions" during the period they lived in Springfield. They're recorded by Abraham's law partner William Herndon for turning their law office upside down; pulling the books off the shelves, while their father appeared oblivious to their behavior. On April 14, 1865, Tad went to Grover's Theater to see Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp while his parents attended Our American Cousin at Ford's Theater. The same night, his father was assassinated and when the news spread to Grover's Theater the manager made an announcement to the entire audience. Tad began running and screaming, "They killed Papa! They killed Papa!" Tad was escorted back to the White House while his mother pleaded to have Tad brought to his father's deathbed at the Petersen House. "Bring Tad—he will speak to Tad—he loves him so." Late that night an inconsolable Tad was put to bed by a White House doorman. As to the death of his father Tad said: "Pa is dead. I can hardly believe that I shall never see him again. I must learn to take care of myself now. Yes, Pa is dead, and I am only Tad Lincoln now, little Tad, like other little boys. I am not a president's son now. I won't have many presents anymore. Well, I will try and be a good boy, and will hope to go someday to Pa and brother Willie, in Heaven. On Saturday morning, July 15, 1871, Tad died at the age of 18. The cause of death has been variously referred to as tuberculosis, a pleuristic attack, pneumonia, or congestive heart failure. Tad's death occurred at the Clifton House hotel in Chicago. In an obituary, John Hay affectionately referred to him as "Little Tad".Funeral services were held for Tad in Robert Lincoln's home in Chicago. His remains were transported to Springfield and buried in the Lincoln Tomb at Oak Ridge Cemetery, alongside his father and two of his brothers. Robert accompanied the casket on the train, but Mary was too distraught to make the trip. remembering you today, happy 160th birthday!
 Added: Apr. 4, 2013

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