Born: 1853-04-04 Springfield, Illinois
Died: 1871-07-15 Chicago, Illinois
Fourth son of Abraham Lincoln and Mary Lincoln, Thomas "Tad" Lincoln spent his early years in Springfield, Illinois. He moved into the Executive Mansion with his parents and older brother Willie after his father won the presidency. Tad received no formal schooling during his years in the Executive Mansion. Along with his brother Willie, Tad contracted typhoid fever in 1862, but he recovered. On the night of his father's assassination, Tad attended Grover's Theater to watch the play
Ruth Painter Randall, Lincoln's Sons (Boston: Little, Brown, 1955), 34, 271; David Herbert Donald, Lincoln (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1995), 336-37; Michael Burlingame, Abraham Lincoln: A Life (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008), 2:260-62, 298, 299, 301-2, 817-19.