The earliest known image of Willie Lincoln; In 1862 Mary's favorite son, Willie, died in the White House. This led to a tormented period of mourning. According to Elizabeth Keckley, Mary's seamstress, her grief was so overbearing that Mr. Lincoln warned she would have to be sent to an asylum if she couldn't control it.

The earliest known image of Willie Lincoln; In 1862 Mary's favorite son, Willie, died in the White House. This led to a tormented period of mourning. According to Elizabeth Keckley, Mary's seamstress, her grief was so overbearing that Mr. Lincoln warned she would have to be sent to an asylum if she couldn't control it.

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William Wallace Lincoln, 11-year-old son of Abraham and Mary, died at the White House on February 20, 1862. He apparently died of Typhus, contracted by contaminated water. Elizabeth Keckly, the former slave who designed Mrs. Lincoln's beautiful wardrobe, washed and dressed him. When the President gazed at him, he mourned, "My poor boy, he was too good for this earth. God has called him home..."

William Wallace Lincoln, 11-year-old son of Abraham and Mary, died at the White House on February 20, 1862. He apparently died of Typhus, contracted by contaminated water. Elizabeth Keckly, the former slave who designed Mrs. Lincoln's beautiful wardrobe, washed and dressed him. When the President gazed at him, he mourned, "My poor boy, he was too good for this earth. God has called him home..."

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"Willie" was named after Mary Todd's brother-in-law, Dr. William Wallace. He was a handsome, smart, serious and thoughtful child who was the favorite of Mary Todd Lincoln and her husband. Her cousin, Elizabeth Todd Grimsley, described Willie as a "noble, beautiful boy of nine years, of great mental activity, unusual intelligence, wonderful memory, methodical, frank and loving, a counterpart of his father, save that he was handsome."

"Willie" was named after Mary Todd's brother-in-law, Dr. William Wallace. He was a handsome, smart, serious and thoughtful child who was the favorite of Mary Todd Lincoln and her husband. Her cousin, Elizabeth Todd Grimsley, described Willie as a "noble, beautiful boy of nine years, of great mental activity, unusual intelligence, wonderful memory, methodical, frank and loving, a counterpart of his father, save that he was handsome."

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William Wallace Lincoln (Willie) was the third son of Mary and Abraham Lincoln.
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Captain Lockwood Todd, William Wallace Lincoln and Tad Lincoln. 1861. (Lockwood Todd is their uncle.)

Captain Lockwood Todd, William Wallace Lincoln and Tad Lincoln. 1861. (Lockwood Todd is their uncle.)

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This artwork of President Abraham Lincoln, his wife, and two sons, Robert and Tad, was found in a family album belonging to Mrs. James Gaines of Philadelphia. Because it shows the entire Lincoln family, it is considered quite rare. Its owner is a descendant of William Wallace, who was married to one of Mary Todd's sisters.

This artwork of President Abraham Lincoln, his wife, and two sons, Robert and Tad, was found in a family album belonging to Mrs. James Gaines of Philadelphia. Because it shows the entire Lincoln family, it is considered quite rare. Its owner is a descendant of William Wallace, who was married to one of Mary Todd's sisters.

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Two photographs taken during President Abraham Lincoln’s funeral when his casket as well as the one of his son, William Wallace Lincoln, was temporarily placed in the receiving vault of...

Two photographs taken during President Abraham Lincoln’s funeral when his casket as well as the one of his son, William Wallace Lincoln, was temporarily placed in the receiving vault of...

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The Adventures of Abraham Lincoln's Corpse: After the assassination of Lincoln on April 15th, his body went through an extensive embalming process before embarking a two week, sixteen-hundred mile tour via train on April 21, 1865. Lincoln did not make the tour alone, as the body of his son William Wallace Lincoln accompanied him, who died of typhoid fever at the age of 11.

The Adventures of Abraham Lincoln's Corpse: After the assassination of Lincoln on April 15th, his body went through an extensive embalming process before embarking a two week, sixteen-hundred mile tour via train on April 21, 1865. Lincoln did not make the tour alone, as the body of his son William Wallace Lincoln accompanied him, who died of typhoid fever at the age of 11.

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