Robert Todd Lincoln Attends Lincoln Memorial Dedication in 1922

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.

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Robert Lincoln attends dedication of Lincoln Memorial (1922)
Robert Lincoln attends dedication of Lincoln Memorial (1922)

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.

Robert Todd Lincoln (1922)
Robert Todd Lincoln (1922)

And below is a photo of the home in Georgetown.

3014 N St. NW in Georgetown
Former home of Robert Todd Lincoln at 3014 N St. NW 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.

Robert T. Lincoln (1865)
Robert T. Lincoln (1865)
  • Joseph Gordon Levitt nailed his impersonation of RTL in ‘Lincoln’. Great post! Thanks for sharing!

  • Popeye D. Saylorman

    He must have taken after his mother. Abe was 6’4. Todd looks maybe 5’9 or 5’10 in one picture I have seen.

  • Jennifer Coates Jewett

    Learned about the dedication of the Memorial in a PBS program. I’m a Washington junkie so wanted to know when the dedication took place. I’m also glad to find out who was president at the time of the dedication.