Thomas Lincoln

Thomas Lincoln (1853 - 1871)

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Thomas "Tad" Lincoln
Born in Springfield, Sangamon County, Illinois, United Statesmap
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Died in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 28 Jan 2011 | Last significant change: 15 Nov 2018
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Thomas Lincoln was the fourth and youngest son of United States President Abraham Lincoln and his wife, Mary Todd Lincoln. His father gave him the nickname "Tad" while quite young because of the child's predisposition to "wiggling like a tadpole".[1]

Tad was born and photographed with a small fissure on his upper lip just to the left of midline. Although undiagnosed at the time, contemporary documents described Tad by saying "he had a cleft palate and lisped." Twenty-first-century speech/language pathologist, John M. Hutchinson, interprets contemporary photographs and documents regarding Tad, as evidence the child had both communicative and craniofacial deformities. Cleft lip and palate are a phenomenon observed to "run in families". Hutchinson suggests that Tad Lincoln's cleft lip was inherited from his paternal grandfather and namesake who also was photographed with forme fruste of the upper lip on the left side.[2]

He died at age 18 having never married and without children. His death has been attributed to either tuberculosis, pleuristic attack, pneumonia, or congestive heart failure.[3]


  1. Wikipedia
  2. Hutchinson
  3. Wikipedia


  • Wikipedia contributors. "Tad Lincoln." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 11 May. 2016. Web. 17 Aug. 2016. Link to article
  • Hutchinson, John M. "What Was Tad Lincoln's Speech Problem?" Journal of the Abraham Lincoln Association Winter 2009: 35-51. What Was Tad Lincoln's Speech Problem? Web. 17 Aug. 2016. Link to article


  • WikiTree profile Lincoln-1628 created through the import of Davis Family Tree-1.ged on Nov 7, 2012 by Mike Davis. See the Changes page for the details of edits by Mike and others.


Date: 1860
Place: Little Rock, Kendall, Illinois, United States
Source: #S-877245646
Page: Year: 1860; Census Place: Little Rock, Kendall, Illinois; Roll: ; Page: 302; Image: 323.
Text: Birth date: abt 1853Birth place: IllinoisResidence date: 1860Residence place: Little Rock, Kendall, Illinois, United States
APID: 7667::37349551
Date: 1860
Place: Springfield, Sangamon, Illinois, United States
Source: #S-877245646
Page: Year: 1860; Census Place: Springfield, Sangamon, Illinois; Roll: ; Page: 140; Image: 138.
Text: Birth date: abt 1853Birth place: IllinoisResidence date: 1860Residence place: Springfield, Sangamon, Illinois, United States
APID: 7667::37886680
Source S-877245646
Repository: #R-899753595
Title: 1860 United States Federal Census
Publication: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2004.Original data - United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Eighth Census of the United States, 1860. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1860. M653, 1
APID: 7667::0

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Tad Lincoln in uniform.
Tad Lincoln in uniform.

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