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Abraham and Tad Lincoln

Abraham and Tad Lincoln
Alexander Gardner, 17 Oct 1821 - 10 Dec 1882
Thomas Lincoln, 4 Apr 1853 - 15 Jul 1871
Abraham Lincoln, 12 Feb 1809 - 15 Apr 1865
Albumen silver print
Image/Sheet: 23 × 17.3 cm (9 1/16 × 6 13/16")
Mount: 31 × 21.8 cm (12 3/16 × 8 9/16")
Mat: 55.9 × 40.6 cm (22 × 16")
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Seating\Chair
Printed Material\Book
Nature & Environment\Plant\Tree
Interior\Interior with Exterior View
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Table
Personal Attribute\Facial Hair\Beard
Home Furnishings\Curtain
Costume\Dress Accessory\Tie\Bowtie
Architecture\Obelisk\Washington Monument
Thomas Lincoln: Male
Thomas Lincoln: Politics and Government\Son of US President
Abraham Lincoln: Male
Abraham Lincoln: Law and Law Enforcement\Lawyer
Abraham Lincoln: Military\Soldier
Abraham Lincoln: Politics and Government\President of US
Abraham Lincoln: Society and Social Change\Reformer\Environmentalist
Abraham Lincoln: Business and Finance\Businessperson\Merchant
Abraham Lincoln: Politics and Government\US Congressman\Illinois
Abraham Lincoln: Politics and Government\Government Official\Surveyor
Abraham Lincoln: Politics and Government\State Senator\Illinois
Abraham Lincoln: Politics and Government\Government Official\Postmaster
Abraham Lincoln: Crafts and Trades\Boat builder
United States\District of Columbia\Washington
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
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"Love is the chain whereby to lock a child to its parent"
Lincoln had three sons at the beginning of his presidency. Although he had a complicated relationship with his eldest son, Robert, Lincoln was very close to his younger boys, Willie and Tad. Lincoln was an extremely indulgent father, much to the chagrin of his wife and some of his staff. He overlooked his mischievous sons' many pranks, which included ringing all of the call bells in the White House at once. Lincoln found great relaxation and calm when he was with his children. In 1862, Willie died suddenly of typhoid fever, and in the wake of this tragedy, Lincoln and Tad became inseparable. Tad was often seen in his father's lap at meetings or sleeping in Lincoln's office while his "papa dear" worked into the night. Lincoln lavished Tad with affection and became protective of his free-spirited and often rambunctious son.
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National Portrait Gallery