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Letter from Robert Todd Lincoln to William W. Reed,

Other Title:
Robert Todd Lincoln correspondence, 1903 Apr. 30.
Lincoln, Robert Todd,
Other Authors:
Lincoln, Robert Todd, 1843-1926, signer.
Item ID:
Chicago, Illinois : Robert T. Lincoln, 1903.
Call Number:
PN6131 .L56 1903 APR 30
Physical Description:
1 sheet (1 leaf) ; 21 cm + 1 sheet (1 leaf ; 27 cm)
Lincoln, Robert Todd, 1843-1926 -- Correspondence.
Title supplied by cataloger.; CLICK ON WEB ADDRESS TO REACH THIS DOCUMENT.; Typewritten letter on "Pullman Building, Chicago" letterhead, dated "April 30th, 1903" and signed by "Robert T. Lincoln." Lincoln responds to a letter and telegram from W.W. Reed (Secretary, The Art Lovers League, 80 Exchange St., Buffalo, N.Y.) written asking for his opinion on a copy of a portrait of Abraham Lincoln. He states that it is not "a pleasing likeness of my father." Typed letter signed (TLS). Second letter is a copy of a typewritten letter dated May 22, 1903 to the same recipient and notes that commendations of the portrait are "a matter of personal feeling." He enclosed a photograph of his father that he thinks "is unequaled as a likeness and as a pleasing picture" (probably Alexander Gardner's February 1865 portrait of Abraham Lincoln.); The eldest surviving son of Abraham Lincoln, Robert "Bob" Todd Lincoln was licensed as an attorney in Chicago on February 22, 1867. He was certified to practice law four days later on February 26, 1867. In 1877 he turned down President Rutherford B. Hayes' offer to appoint him Assistant Secretary of State, but later accepted an appointment as President James Garfield's Secretary of War, serving from 1881 to 1885 under Presidents Garfield and Chester A. Arthur. Lincoln served as the U.S. minister to the United Kingdom from 1889 to 1893 under President Benjamin Harrison. After serving as minister, Lincoln returned to private business as a lawyer. After having served as counsel to the Pullman Palace Car Company, in 1897 he succeeded George Pullman as the company's president, and he remained affiliated with the company as president or chairman of the board until his death.
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Holding Institution:
Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection, Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana
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