A Death in the family Abraham Lincoln II “Jack” (1873-1890)

Thomas F. Schwartz, Secretary, The Abraham Lincoln Association

Two recently acquired letters by Robert Todd Lincoln shed important light into the death of his only son, Abraham Lincoln II or “Jack” as his family called him. Because Jack died before reaching adulthood at age six-teen, most of the recorded descriptions of him emphasize his great potential and often claim that he was very much like his illustrious namesake, President Abraham Lincoln. That Jack was proud to be named after his grandfather is demonstrated in his conscious attempt to imitate in exact fashion the famous sig-nature, “A. Lincoln.”

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