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Robert Todd Lincoln

Robert Todd Lincoln – “Bob” to his family and friends – was dubbed the “Prince of Rails” during his “Railsplitter” father’s 1860 campaign for president, after a visit to this country by England’s Prince of Whales. Robert was a prince that would never ascend to the throne.

He was the oldest of the four children – all boys - of Mary and Abraham and the only one to reach maturity. He lived a long life. Born in 1843, he died in 1926.

This is an interesting article about Robert Todd Lincoln, son of Abraham Lincoln,  who was present at the SEGREGATED  :P 1922 dedication of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.
Robert Todd Lincoln

by Mark Bushnell, a historian and writer who lives in Middlesex, Vermont.


During his tenure as secretary of war, Robert got blood on his own hands, Vowell asserts, having been ultimate responsibility for a botched expedition to the North Pole. Under the auspices of the Department of War, a 25-man scientific research team had started for the pole the same week Garfield was shot. The men established a base at the pole and waited in vain for resupply or rescue.

Some historians blame Robert’s lack of interest in the expedition for its inadequate provisioning. The starving men eventually tried to head south. Only six of them survived the journey, which they did by eating some of those who did not.

Robert Lincoln and others tried to cover up the cannibalism by claiming that the bodies of the dead had been cut up for bait.


Few people knew about other connections between the Booth and Lincoln families. A couple of years before the assassination, Robert Lincoln had been moving between moving train cars when he slipped.

A man reached out and grabbed Robert’s coat, saving him from being crushed between the heavy train cars. “That was a narrow escape, Mr. Booth,” said Robert, having immediately recognized his savior, Edwin Booth .

Robert Todd Lincoln, harbinger of presidential doom

Robert Todd Lincoln is a very interesting character to me. You know that he was the one who had to deal with his mother, who ended up institutionalized. Her situation was tragic, but it must have been living hell for him to deal with her suicidal depression and bipolar craziness.

You know that he probably destroyed a great deal of her correspondence, and also refused to allow the release of his father's papers until after his own death in 1926. At that point, a lot of books about Lincoln has already been written, many of them not too accurate.

Yes, Robert hired Pinkerton guards to follow his mom around and keep her out of trouble before he finally took her to Court (with all the testimony from the Pinkerton fellows to help put her away, of course). But after she was institutionalized, she won her release In Court. They never spoke again.

ALL her brothers fought on the Southern side in the Civil War. ALL her children except Robert died young. It's a wonder she didn't go crazy sooner. I think it was Robert's Responsibility to take care of her. I think it was wrong to try to "put her away" as is the American wont with "inconvenient" family members that are "embarrassing" the family. Robert had the money and the time to care for his mom with paid help AT HER HOME. Had she been violent to herself or other people, I would agree that she be institutionalized. But she wasn't. So it was an example of a self centered attitude so prevalent in this society.

I'm not trying to judge him. I simply don't agree that relatives can be stuffed into institutions when they are losing it.  I think that is irresponsible, but quite modern and accepted DARWINIAN, apex predator, survival of the fittest, egocentric and conscience free behavior.

I have BEEN THERE where Robert's mom was. It is WRONG to shaft a relative because of a mental crisis. But that is what my family did when I had a crisis. They never stopped demonizing me after that. That is how I got my disability retirement from the Federal Government.

I'm not crazy. I never was. I simply had a crisis. This society is an unforgiving piece of ****, Eddie.

Robert Todd Lincoln was NOT being charitable or responsible by trying to off load his responsibility to care for his mom. She had suffered FAR more than he had. Please take that into consideration.
Rob not the poor, because he is poor: neither oppress the afflicted in the gate:
For the Lord will plead their cause, and spoil the soul of those that spoiled them. Pr. 22:22-23


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