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Robert Lincoln, R.I.P.

July 26, 2016

Robert Todd Lincoln was the only member of Lincoln’s immediate family to see the 20th century.  Although he was the eldest of four brothers, he survived them all by many years.  He was at Appomattox when Lee surrendered.  He was in Washington when his father was assassinated.  He was Secretary of War when President Garfield was assassinated, and in 1901 he was on his way to the Buffalo Exposition when he received word that President McKinley had been shot by an assassin.

Although it has been more than 150 years since the end of the Civil War, it has not been all that long since the last Civil War veterans died in the 1950s.  There are even some people alive today who were born during the lifetime of Robert Lincoln.  He passed away 90 years ago on July 26, 1926, less than a week before his 83rd birthday.

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