Robert Todd Lincoln

Today in American history…Robert Todd Lincoln was born on August 1, 1843. Named in honor of his maternal grandfather, he was the first child (and the only child of theirs to live to adulthood) of Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln.

Robert Lincoln had an interesting life and career – he even served under a few Presidents. He served in the Civil War as a Captain in the U.S. Army under Ulysses S. Grant. He also served as Secretary of War in the James Garfield and Chester Arthur administrations. Under the Benjamin Harrison administration, he served as Minister to the U.K.

A little known strange fact is that he was physically close in proximity to a few of the Presidential assassinations. He was nearby at the White House the evening his father was shot and with his father at the Peterson House when his father succumbed to his injuries. He was also at the scene of the Garfield assassination and nearby when McKinley was shot.

Robert Lincoln was at the dedication of The Lincoln Memorial on May 30, 1922. He was a loyal son and staunch protector of his fathers legacy.

He lived to be 82 years old and passed away on July 26, 1926 at his estate, Hildene, in Manchester, Vermont.

Robert Todd Lincoln is the only family member not buried in the Lincoln vault in Springfield, Illinois and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.


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