As for the former President of the United States of America, he is certainly one of the most unique and interesting, but today it is no longer just about him. Let us look at the history behind the man by looking at Abraham Lincoln’s wife, his sons and his family as a whole.
Abraham Lincoln’s Wife
Although she was married to one of the most popular presidents in America, she was not as popular as a first lady or even liked. Some would say it was because she came from a privileged background and as such was not as useful as her husband. Nevertheless, we should all consider that she was a woman who saw a lot of pain in her life, perhaps this added to the general mood.
Well, let’s get straight to the point, she was born Mary Ann Todd on December 13, 1818, the daughter of rich slave owners in Lexington, Kentucky. For a woman of that time, she received an excellent education and even learned to speak French. So how did she meet her future husband? She met him when he was still an aspiring lawyer and politician while living with her married sister Elizabeth Edwards.
Apparently, ups and downs were one thing back then, and it is best to believe that Lincoln and Mary had one, but in November 1842, the two of them finally made the covenant for life and she officially became Abraham Lincoln’s wife. She was 43 years old when she became the 16th FLOTUS, and in case you are wondering what exactly made her so unpopular, it was actually her extravagance at a time when the nation was struggling that made her so unlikeable.
All in all, she did not lead a very pleasant life; her husband was shot before her eyes, only one of her four sons survived her, she was a sickly woman and died penniless on July 16, 1882. at the age of 63.
Abraham Lincoln’s Sons
Abraham Lincoln’s wife bore him four sons, the sad thing is that only one of them could reach adulthood. Nonetheless, we’ll jump right in and meet them. His first son was Robert Todd Lincoln and he was the only member of her family who actually made it into the 20th century.
Robert was born on August 1, 1843, and died on July 26, 1926. The first Lincoln child had a somewhat distant relationship with his father, yet Abraham Lincoln was proud of Robert and considered him intelligent but also a competitor. Robert, in turn, admired his father and cried openly on his deathbed.
He could be counted as both lucky and unlucky; lucky in the sense that he was allowed to live out his life, marry and even father three children. Unlucky in the sense that his mother, father or brothers did not live to share this life with him. The next son was Edward Baker Lincoln, named after Lincoln’s friend Edward Dickinson Baker.
Not much is known about Lincoln’s son Eddy, as he did not make it to his fourth birthday, but there are testimonies that he was a sweet little boy with a good heart. He died a month before his fourth birthday after suffering from consumption, leaving his parents devastated.
Their third son, William Wallace Lincoln, was born on 21 December 1850 and died on 20 February 1862 at the age of 11. He was named after his mother’s brother-in-law, Dr. William Wallace. Willie and his younger brother Tad were considered “notorious Hellions” when they lived in Springfield.
The tragedy struck in early 1962, Willie and Tad both fell ill with typhoid fever, but Willie had a more serious case and died as a result. The whole family was marked by the loss. Thomas “Tad” Lincoln III, was the fourth and last son the couple had. His father gave him the nickname “Tad” because he found him as fidgety as a tadpole at birth.
Tad managed to outlive his father, but after living until the age of 18, he died after suffering from something called tuberculosis, pleurisy or pneumonia, or congestive heart failure.
Abraham Lincoln’s Family
Besides Abraham Lincoln’s wife and sons, here is a list of the remaining family members. His parents were Nancy and Thomas Lincoln, his siblings were Sarah Lincoln Grigsby and Thomas Lincoln Jr., and his grandchildren Mamie Lincoln Isham, Jessie Harlan Lincoln, and Abraham Lincoln II.