Robert Todd Lincoln Beckwith

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Robert Todd Lincoln Beckwith
Born (1904-07-19)July 19, 1904
Riverside, Illinois
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Saluda, Virginia[1]
Occupation Gentleman farmer
Spouse(s) 1) Mrs. Hazel Holland Wilson
2) Annemarie Hoffman
3) Mrs. Margaret Hogan Fristoe
Children (unknown) Timothy Lincoln Beckwith?
Parent(s) Warren Wallace Beckwith and Jessie Harlan Lincoln

Robert Todd Lincoln Beckwith (July 19, 1904 – December 24, 1985) was the great-grandson of Abraham Lincoln.[1] In 1975, he became the last undisputed descendant of Lincoln when his sister, "Peggy" Beckwith, died without children.[2] Timothy Lincoln Beckwith was born to Robert Beckwith's then wife, Annemarie Hoffman Beckwith, in 1968, though he disputed his paternity.

Life and career

Beckwith was born in Riverside, Illinois, to Jessie Harlan Lincoln[3] and Warren Wallace Beckwith. Jessie was the daughter of Abraham Lincoln's son, Robert. Robert Todd Lincoln and his wife, Mary, had three children; their youngest, Jessie, eloped in 1897 with Warren Beckwith, a classmate and football star at Iowa Wesleyan College. They had two children: Mary Lincoln Beckwith, who died in 1975, and Robert Todd Lincoln Beckwith.

Beckwith attended a private school in Washington D.C. and New York Military Academy in New York, as well as spending two years at his grandfather Robert Todd Lincoln's previous boarding school, Phillips Exeter Academy. In later life he gave his profession as "gentleman farmer of independent means", his inheritance having included a working farm.[4]

Beckwith enjoyed the hobby of boating and sailing and generally avoided the media and publicity. On one occasion, a newspaper published pictures of him as a young man when arrested for speeding in the city of Omaha, Nebraska.

Beckwith's first marriage, which lasted 30 years, was to an older widow with a son ten years his junior.

Second wife and contested son

His second wife had a son, named him Timothy Lincoln Beckwith, and listed Robert Beckwith as the boy's father. Robert Beckwith, however, was in the process of divorcing her, accusing her of adultery and denying paternity of the child, since he had a vasectomy years prior. During the divorce battle, the court ordered her to have her son undergo a blood test.[5] She never complied with the order, and the divorce court ruled that Robert Beckwith was not the father.

Later life

Robert Beckwith lived most of his life in Vermont and Washington, D.C. He died at the age of 81 on Christmas Eve, December 24, 1985 at around 6:05 pm in Saluda, Virginia.[1]

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Last Surviving Descendant of Abraham Lincoln Dies". Associated Press. December 24, 1985. Retrieved 2012-09-12. Robert Todd Lincoln Beckwith, the last surviving descendant of Abraham Lincoln, died on Christmas Eve at the age of 81. Beckwith, the great grandson of the 16th president, had lived in a nursing home in Saluda, according to officials of the funeral home where the body was taken. ...<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Lincoln's Last Descendant Dies. Madison Wisconsin Courier, December 26, 1985, from a clipping in Louis A. Warren Lincoln Library and Museum.
  3. "Photo of Jessie Lincoln and Her Children".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Lachman, Charles (2008). The Last Lincolns: The Rise & Fall of a Great American Family. Sterling Publishing Company. ISBN 978-1-4027-5890-4.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Time Article About Heir Dispute". April 19, 1976. Retrieved May 22, 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>