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Robert Lincoln’s brush with death


August 9, 2019

President Abraham Lincoln (who served from 1861 to 1865) and his wife, Mary, had four children. All boys, they were – in the order of their births – Robert, Edward, William and Thomas. Unfortunately, Robert was the only one to live to adulthood.

Robert Lincoln lived a long and notable life. Born in August 1843, he became a successful corporate attorney after undergraduate work at Harvard and law school at Northwestern University in his native Illinois.

Lincoln also had a distinguished political career, serving as U.S. Secretary of War from 1881 to 1885 and as ambassador to Great Britain...

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