Rash's Surname Index

Notes for Robert Todd LINCOLN

Lincoln, Robert Todd US businessman, diplomat, and politician; present during Robert E. Lee's surrender at Appomattox Court House 1865, as aide to Ulysses Grant; Secretary of War 1881-1885; US ambassador to Britain 1889-1893; president of Pullman Co. 1897-1911; only person known to have been present at the assassinations of three US presidents (Abraham Lincoln, James Garfield, William McKinley).
ROBERT TODD LINCOLN was educated at Illinois State University, and prepared for Harvard at Phelps Academy, Exeter, N. H. Graduated at Harvard College, 1864; LL. D., Harvard, 1893. Studied in the Harvard Law School, but left to enter the army, acting as
Assistant Adjutant-General on the Staff of General GRANT. Served throughout the campaign, to the surrender of Appomattox Court House. Resumed the study of law in Chicago, and was admitted to the Bar in 1867. In 1881 he was appointed Secretary of War by President GARFIELD, and retained his portfolio until 1885. In 1889 he was appointed by President HARRISON, U. S. Minister to Great Britain, which position he held until 1893. He was Special Counsel for George M. PULLMAN, and after the death of Mr. PULLMAN he became President of the Pullman Company. He is descended from the following New England Colonial Families: SALTER, HANKS, SHIPLEY, HERRING, BOWNE, HOLMES, JONES, WHITMAN and REMCHING.

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