The New Student's Reference Work/Lincoln, Robert Todd

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Lincoln, Robert Todd, ex-secretary of war and only surviving son of Abraham Lincoln, was born at Springfield, Ill., Aug. 1, 1843. He graduated at Harvard in 1864, and in 1867 began the practice of law at Chicago, where he built up a large professional business. When Garfield became president in 1881, Lincoln was called into his cabinet as secretary of war, serving until 1885. In 1889 he was appointed United States minister to England and held this position until 1893, when he returned to his law-practice in Chicago. Though never seeking office, he has filled the high positions to which he has been called with credit to himself and honor to his country. He continues to reside in Chicago, where, since the death of Geo. M. Pullman, he has acted as president of the Pullman Palace Car Company, besides practicing his profession.