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Robert Todd Lincoln was an American lawyer and secretary of war best known as the first-born son of President Abraham Lincoln.
A short biography of Mary Todd Lincoln, a Southern aristocrat who married Abraham Lincoln. A fervent Unionist, she supported her husband through many hardships and fell into a deep depression after his assassination.
Abraham Lincoln grew up in a log cabin in rural Kentucky and went on to become the 16th President of the United States. On January 1, 1863, he issued the Emancipation Proclamation abolishing slavery. He was assassinated on April 15, 1865.
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He later refused to attend presidential functions.
Though Lincoln lived in Chicago for most of his adult life, he died on June 26, 1926, at Hildene, his Manchester, Vermont, summer retreat. His physician stated that Lincoln had died from a "cerebral hemorrhage induced by arteriosclerosis." Unlike the rest of his immediate family, who were buried in the family plot in Illinois, Lincoln was buried in Arlington Cemetery in Virginia. His wife decided his burial site,
writing that she felt her husband "was a personage, made his own history, independently (underlined 5 times) of his great father, and should have his own place 'in the sun.'"
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