Robert Todd Lincoln Biography
(35th United States Secretary of War & Son of Abraham Lincoln)
Birthday: August 1, 1843 (Leo)
Born In: Springfield, Illinois, United States
Robert Todd Lincoln was an American statesman, diplomat, businessman, lawyer, and briefly a union captain during the Civil War. He was the oldest son of the 16th President of the United States of America, Abraham Lincoln, and his wife, Mary Todd Lincoln. Raised in Illinois, he attended the Harvard College before enlisting in the Union Army as a captain during the closing days of the American Civil War. Robert was in his early 20s when his father was assassinated but he carried on his astounding legacy for the rest of his life. He joined the Republican politics, following his father’s footsteps, and at one point, held the position of the town supervisor of South Chicago. In his later years, he served as the Secretary of War in the administration of James A. Garfield, the 20th US President and continued to do so under Chester A. Arthur. During the Benjamin Harrison administration, Lincoln was appointed as the US Ambassador to London. As a prominent businessman and lawyer, Lincoln was the general counsel of the Pullman Palace Car Company. Following the death of its founder, George Pullman, in 1897, he was made the president of the company. While he retired from the position in 1911, he remained a part of the company as a member of the board up to 1922.