|William Wallace "Willie"
Born December 21, 1850 Springfield,
Illinois, United States
Died February 20, 1862 (aged 11) Washington,
D.C., United States
Parent(s) Abraham and Mary
Lincoln, Robert Todd
Lincoln, Edward Baker Lincoln
Uncles: Thomas Lincoln
Grandparents: Nancy Lincoln, Thomas Lincoln,
Robert Smith Todd, Elizabeth Parker
- Willie died in the White House on February
20, 1862, at the age of 11, while his father was President.
was the third son of Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln. He was
named after Mary Todd's brother-in-law, Dr. William Wallace.
Willie was said to be handsome, smart, serious and thoughtful
child who was the favorite of Mary Todd and Abraham Lincoln.
Both Willie and his younger brother Tad became ill in early
1862. Willile's condition would fluctuate from day to day,
while Tad was not as badly affect. Willie died at the young
age of 11 of a typhoid-like disease, likely cause of the
illness was typhoid fever, which was usually contracted
by consumption of contaminated food/water. The White House
drew its water from the Potomac River, along which thousands
of soldiers and horses were camped. His death was traumatic
and left deep marks for the entire family. Both parents
were deeply affected. His father did not return to work
for three weeks. Willie's younger brother, Tad, cried for
nearly a month because he and Willie were very close. Lincoln
generated no official correspondence for four days. Mary
was so distraught that Lincoln feared for her sanity.
buried in Oak Hill Cemetery in Georgetown. After his father's
assassination in 1865, Willie's casket was exhumed and
he was moved to a temporary tomb. He was re-interred at
Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield, Illinois on September
19, 1871, alongside the remains of his father and his
brothers, Tad and Eddie, holding a blue handkerchief.
Mary Todd Lincoln was later buried in the same tomb.
Check out below some pictures of Willie Lincoln as well
as a video.