1865 · Boston, Mass.
Photograph [taken by Alexander Gardner, February 5, 1865], Albumen print by Bouve, Boston, Mass. Captioned, "President Lincoln and his Son Thaddeus/ The Last Photograph the President Sat For/ Published by G.F Bouve & Co, 41 Brattle St, Boston." Image 6¼ x 8½ in., mounted on original board, 8 x 10 in.
Thomas "Tad" Lincoln (1853-1871) was the fourth son of Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln. At the time of his birth, the Lincolns had already lost their second-born son, Edward, in 1850. The family mourned third-born Willie in 1862. "Tad," nicknamed by his father because he had a large head on a small body and wriggled like a tadpole, largely had free rein of the White House. He did not attend school and was the bane of many tutors. After Lincoln's assassination, he, eldest son Robert (1843-1926), and Mary Todd (1818-1882) lived in Chicago. Tad, known for his devotion to his mother, died of heart failure in 1871. (Inventory #: 22350)