Robert Todd Lincoln


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Lincoln, Robert Todd,

1843–1926, American lawyer and public official, b. Springfield, Ill., son of Abraham LincolnLincoln, Abraham
, 1809–65, 16th President of the United States (1861–65). Early Life

Born on Feb. 12, 1809, in a log cabin in backwoods Hardin co., Ky. (now Larue co.), he grew up on newly broken pioneer farms of the frontier.
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 and Mary Todd LincolnLincoln, Mary Todd,
1818–82, wife of Abraham Lincoln, b. Lexington, Ky. Of a good Kentucky family, she was living with her sister, daughter-in-law of Gov. Ninian Edwards of Illinois, in Springfield, Ill., when she met and married (1842) Lincoln.
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. He served on General Grant's staff and after the Civil War studied law. An able corporation lawyer, he chiefly served railroad interests and was (1897–1911) president of the Pullman Company. Of retiring disposition, he never ran for office but was secretary of war (1881–85) and minister to Great Britain (1889–93). Much of the last two decades of his life were spent at Hildene, his estate near Manchester, Vt.

Lincoln denied access to those papers of his father that he owned to all except the authorized biographers, John G. Nicolay and John Hay, and left them to the Library of Congress on the condition that they be sealed until 21 years after his death. In 1947 the papers were made public.

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But his son Robert Todd Lincoln (the only child of Lincoln to live to adulthood) built the Lincoln family retreat on 530 acres in Manchester, Vermont.
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Life for the son of the nation's most beloved and likely greatest president was full of challenges, yet Robert Todd Lincoln (1843-1926) embraced his circumstances and thrived in business, public service, and family life.
As such, the principal players (and images) of this volume are not Lincoln, but his family, his biographers, his associates, all the way to the death of Robert Todd Lincoln, the last of his immediate family, in 1926.
Surprisingly, this practice has been going on for many years and the correspondence between Arthur Hall and Robert Todd Lincoln confirms that time honored American tradition.
Robert Todd Lincoln, his eldest son, took charge of them after his father's death, since the rule (established with George Washington) was to treat presidential papers as private property.
One of the company's prized possessions is a letter from Robert Todd Lincoln, the president's son, approving the company's use of his father's name and image.
The library's richest manuscript collection of Lincoln materials is housed in the Robert Todd Lincoln Collection, deposited in the Library in 1919 by President Lincoln's only surviving son.