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Abraham Lincoln II
Born August 14, 1873
Chicago, Illinois
Died March 5, 1890 (aged 16)
London, England
Cause of death blood poisoning
Resting place originally the Lincoln Tomb (1890–1930),
Arlington National Cemetery section 31 (May 27, 1930 – present)
Other names "Jack"
Known for being a namesake and grandson of President Lincoln

Abraham "Jack" Lincoln II (August 14, 1873 – March 5, 1890), was the middle of three children of Robert Todd Lincoln and Mary Eunice Harlan, and the only grandson of Abraham Lincoln. It was claimed that Jack was much like President Lincoln.[1]

Jack died in London at the age of 16 from blood poisoning after infection set in following surgery in Paris to lance a carbuncle that had formed under his arm.[1] Jack's family was in England while his father served as the last U.S. Minister to Great Britain, before the position was retitled "Ambassador".[2] Jack had been in Versailles to study French in preparation for an entrance examination for Harvard.[1] Before he died, Jack was moved from France to England on January 16, 1890, where he was to have been seen by the noted physician Dr. MacLagan.[1] A second surgery was performed on February 27, 1890, though it gave no relief and Jack died six days later.[1]

Jack was originally buried in the Lincoln Tomb in Springfield, Illinois; his mother later decided on burial at Arlington National Cemetery and Jack's remains were re-interred there in May 1930 near those of his father who had died four years prior.[3][4] Jack's name was not added to his father's memorial until 1976.[5]

Jack's sisters were:

Notes

  1. ^ a b c d e Schwartz, Thomas F. (Autumn 2007). "A Death in the Family : Abraham Lincoln II "Jack" (1873–1890)" (PDF). For the People. Abraham Lincoln Association. http://www.abrahamlincolnassociation.org/Newsletters/9-3.pdf. Retrieved 2008-09-21.  
  2. ^ "Robert Lincoln". part of an Abraham Lincoln Research Site. Retrieved April 5, 2007.
  3. ^ Abraham Lincoln's Tomb. Abraham Lincoln Online. Retrieved April 5, 2007.
  4. ^ Hill, Nancy. "The Lincoln Landscape: The Transformation of the Lincoln Tomb" Journal of the Abraham Lincoln Association, Vol. 27, No. 1, Winter 2006, p. 39. Retrieved April 5, 2007.
  5. ^ Patterson, Michael Robert. "Abraham Lincoln II, Military Son". Arlington National Cemetery website. Retrieved April 5, 2007.

References

External links

  • Picture History, photo of Jack on December 25, 1889, "bed-bound and dying"
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