File this one away in the historic candids section. On May 30th, 1922 and at the advanced age of 78, Robert Todd Lincoln is seen arriving at the dedication of the memorial to his father Abraham Lincoln.
While any son would be overshadowed by the accomplishments of a father like President Lincoln, Robert was far from lacking accomplishment. He was the U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom between 1889 and 1893, the Secretary of War under Presidents James Garfield and Chester A. Arthur, as well as the chairman and president of the Pullman Railroad Company.
This was the last public appearance he made as Robert was living out his final years in his home at 3014 N St. NW (coincidentally, also the former home of The Washington Post’s Ben Bradlee).
Here’s another photo of Robert, seated at the event.
And below is a photo of the home in Georgetown.
Here is a younger Robert Todd Lincoln in 1865, at the age of 22. The photo was taken the same year his father was assassinated in Ford’s Theatre.
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