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ROBERT TODD LINCOLN - MANUSCRIPT LETTER SIGNED 12/01/1884 - HFSID 44680

ROBERT TODD LINCOLN The Secretary of War signs this letter to Joseph Rosewell Hawley regarding the Congressional Directory Manuscript letter signed: "Robert T. Lincoln" as Secretary of War, 2p, 7¾x10¼. Washington City, 1884 December 1.

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ROBERT TODD LINCOLN
The Secretary of War signs this letter to Joseph Rosewell Hawley regarding the Congressional Directory
Manuscript letter signed: "Robert T. Lincoln" as Secretary of War, 2p, 7¾x10¼. Washington City, 1884 December 1. On War Department letterhead to Hon. Benj. Perley Poore, Clerk of Printing Records, U.S. Senate. In full: "In accordance with request of Honorable Joseph R. Hawley, Acting Chairman of the Joint Committee on Public Printing, I have the honor to enclose herewith, duly corrected, certain portions of the Congressional Directory which were forwarded to this Department by Mr. Hawley for correction. In this connection I beg leave to invite attention to my letter of the 29th ultimo enclosing for publication in the Congressional Directory, a section reciting the duties of the Secretary of War. Very respectfully, Your obedient servant". ROBERT TODD LINCOLN (1843-1926), the eldest and only surviving son of President Abraham Lincoln, was Secretary of War in Garfield's Cabinet (1881-1885) and U.S. Minister to Great Britain from 1889-1893. In 1897, upon the death of George Pullman, Lincoln, who had moved to Chicago in May 1865, the month after his father's assassination, became acting President of Pullman's company. He served as permanent President from 1901-1911 and Chairman of the Board from 1911-1922. Lincoln was present at three presidential assassinations (those of his father, and of Garfield and McKinley). He made his last public appearance on May 30, 1922 at the dedication of the Lincoln Memorial and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. JOSEPH ROSEWELL HAWLEY (1826-1905) was a U.S. Senator from Connecticut from 1881-1905, also serving on the Committee on Civil Service and Retrenchment and the Committee on Military Affairs. He had previously served as Governor of Connecticut (1866-1867) and the state's U.S. Congressman (1872-1875, 1879-1881). Upper portion inlaid. Lightly creased. Shaded at lower blank margin. Light show through of ink. Otherwise, fine condition.

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