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 Robert Todd Lincoln

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Birth
Springfield, Sangamon County, Illinois, USA
Death
26 Jul 1926 (aged 82)
Manchester, Bennington County, Vermont, USA
Burial
Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Plot
Section 31, Grave 13
Memorial ID
628 View Source

Presidential Cabinet Secretary, U.S. Diplomat. He is best remembered as the first child of 16th United States President Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd Lincoln. He was the only one of the President's children to survive past the age of 18. After graduating from Phillips Exeter Academy at Exeter, New Hampshire, in 1860, he attended Harvard University at Cambridge, Massachusetts, from 1861 until 1865. In February 1865, he was commissioned as an assistant adjutant with the rank of Captain and served in the last weeks of the American Civil War as part of General Ulysses S. Grant's immediate staff, a position which sharply minimized the likelihood that he would be involved in actual combat. He was present at Confederate General Robert E. Lee's surrender at Appomattox, Virginia, on April 9, 1865, and, two months later, resigned his commission. Following his father's assassination on April 14, 1865, he moved to Chicago, Illinois, with his mother and youngest brother Tad where he completed his law studies at the Old University of Chicago Law School (later absorbed by the Northwestern University School of Law) and was admitted to the bar in February 1867. In 1877, he turned down President Rutherford B. Hayes' offer to appoint him Assistant Secretary of State, but later accepted an appointment as President James Garfield's Secretary of War, serving from 1881 to 1885 under Presidents Garfield and Chester A. Arthur. In 1887, he assisted Oscar Dudley in establishing the Illinois Industrial Training School for Boys in Norwood Park, Illinois. In 1889, he was appointed U.S. minister to England (the Court of St. James) by President Benjamin Harrison, serving until 1893, during which time his young son, Abraham II "Jack," died from blood poisoning. After finishing his term, he returned to his law practice. In 1897, he became President of the Pullman Palace Car Company, and, in 1911, became Chairman of the Board until 1922. He died in his sleep at his home from a cerebral hemorrhage at the age of 82.

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Presidential Cabinet Secretary, U.S. Diplomat. He is best remembered as the first child of 16th United States President Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd Lincoln. He was the only one of the President's children to survive past the age of 18. After graduating from Phillips Exeter Academy at Exeter, New Hampshire, in 1860, he attended Harvard University at Cambridge, Massachusetts, from 1861 until 1865. In February 1865, he was commissioned as an assistant adjutant with the rank of Captain and served in the last weeks of the American Civil War as part of General Ulysses S. Grant's immediate staff, a position which sharply minimized the likelihood that he would be involved in actual combat. He was present at Confederate General Robert E. Lee's surrender at Appomattox, Virginia, on April 9, 1865, and, two months later, resigned his commission. Following his father's assassination on April 14, 1865, he moved to Chicago, Illinois, with his mother and youngest brother Tad where he completed his law studies at the Old University of Chicago Law School (later absorbed by the Northwestern University School of Law) and was admitted to the bar in February 1867. In 1877, he turned down President Rutherford B. Hayes' offer to appoint him Assistant Secretary of State, but later accepted an appointment as President James Garfield's Secretary of War, serving from 1881 to 1885 under Presidents Garfield and Chester A. Arthur. In 1887, he assisted Oscar Dudley in establishing the Illinois Industrial Training School for Boys in Norwood Park, Illinois. In 1889, he was appointed U.S. minister to England (the Court of St. James) by President Benjamin Harrison, serving until 1893, during which time his young son, Abraham II "Jack," died from blood poisoning. After finishing his term, he returned to his law practice. In 1897, he became President of the Pullman Palace Car Company, and, in 1911, became Chairman of the Board until 1922. He died in his sleep at his home from a cerebral hemorrhage at the age of 82.

Actual burial here
Cenotaph here

Bio by: William Bjornstad


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  • Added: 25 Apr 1998
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 628
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/628/robert-todd-lincoln: accessed ), memorial page for Robert Todd Lincoln (1 Aug 1843–26 Jul 1926), Find a Grave Memorial ID 628, citing Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA; Maintained by Find a Grave .