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Letter from Robert Todd Lincoln to William Cary Sanger,

Other Title:
Robert Todd Lincoln correspondence, 1918 Feb. 12.
Lincoln, Robert Todd,
Other Authors:
Lincoln, Robert Todd, 1843-1926, signer.
Item ID:
Washington, D.C. : Robert T. Lincoln, 1918.
Call Number:
PN6131 .L56 1918 FEB 12
Physical Description:
1 folded sheet ([4] pages) ; 24 cm
Lincoln, Robert Todd, 1843-1926 -- Correspondence.
Sanger, Wm. Cary (William Cary), 1853-1921 -- Correspondence.
Title supplied by cataloger.; CLICK ON WEB ADDRESS TO REACH THIS DOCUMENT.; Handwritten letter on "1775 N Street, Washington, D.C." letterhead, dated "February 12, 1918," addressed to "Dear Colonel Sanger" and signed by "Robert T. Lincoln." Lincoln expresses his thanks to Col. Sanger for a New York Times clipping of Howard Russell Butler's letter in regard to the Barnard Abraham Lincoln statue. He also asks Sanger to express his appreciation to his son (William Cary Sanger, Jr. 1893-1966) for the book of poetry ("The City of Toil and Dreams') and especially the poem "Lincoln Memorial (Bronze Statue)" stating that it reflects the many indications of influence of Abraham Lincoln's record on the young men now facing "the endless problems of their lives." Autograph letter signed (ALS).; 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.; The Peace Centenary Committee, set up to commemorate 100 years of peace between Britain and America in 1914, led by the end of World War I to a proposal for a statue of Lincoln to stand in Parliament Square, London. The statue in mind for the copy to be taken from was that by Saint Gaudens in Chicago. However, an offer by Charles P Taft (the brother of former American President W. H. Taft who had been in office until 1913) of a replica of the Barnard statue in Cincinnati was accepted by the American section of the Committee. The copy was made, but felt unsuitable for London, which in the end did get a version of the Saint Gaudens statue. So the Barnard statue was sent to Manchester, England on the strength of the support of local cotton workers for Lincoln, the Union and the abolition of slavery in the American Civil War.
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Holding Institution:
Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection, Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana
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