Robert Todd Lincoln attended Harvard University in 1864, but left, over the objections of his mother, in order to join the Union Army. Commissioned an assistant adjutant he served as part of Grant’s immediate staff. He turned down an invitation to attend the play at Ford’s theater on the night his father was killed, sighting fatigue after coming home from the battlefront. After his father’s death, Robert moved with his mother and brother Tad to Chicago. He finished his law studies and was admitted to the bar in 1867. In 1868 he married Mary Eunice Harlan, they had three children. Robert served as Secretary of War and Ambassador to the United Kingdom. He was a dedicated amateur astronomer and constructed an observatory at Hildene.
The first two Secretaries of War were appointed between 1781 and 1789 to serve the Congress of the Confederation. The position became part of the President’s Cabinet starting with the administration of George Washington. Washington created four cabinet positions to provide him with a source of key advisors, in the form of Attorney General, Secretary of the Treasury, Secretary of State, and Secretary of War. Current presidential cabinets are made up of sixteen officers. Cabinet members are chosen by the president and confirmed by the U.S. Senate.
This Robert Todd Lincoln History Mug is part of our Secretary of War series which includes the many unique individuals who served as U.S. Secretary of War.
The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history. The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton. He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia-tone. The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.
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- To preserve photographic quality we recommend hand washing.
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