Abraham Lincoln's blood line ended. Can you explain how this came about and when did his last descendent die?
#74337. Asked by skysmom65. (Jan 08 07 11:12 PM)
On November 4, 1842, at the age of 33, Lincoln married Mary Todd. She came from a prominent slave-owning family from Kentucky and allowed his children to spend time in Kentucky surrounded by slaves. The couple had four sons.|
Robert Todd Lincoln (August 1, 1843 - July 26, 1926): born in Springfield, Illinois, and died in Manchester, Vermont.
Edward Baker Lincoln (March 10, 1846 - February 1, 1850): born and died in Springfield.
William Wallace Lincoln (December 21, 1850 - February 20, 1862): born in Springfield and died in Washington, D.C.
Thomas "Tad" Lincoln (April 4, 1853 - July 16, 1871): born in Springfield and died in Chicago.
Only Robert survived into adulthood. Lincoln greatly admired the science that flourished in New England and was one of the few men in Illinois at the time to send a son to elite eastern schools; he sent Robert Todd Lincoln to Phillips Exeter Academy and Harvard College. Robert had three children and three grandchildren, but none of these had children, so Abraham Lincoln's bloodline ended when Robert Beckwith (Lincoln's great-grandson) died on December 24, 1985.
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