Lincoln Isham

Lincoln Isham

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    Lincoln “Linc” Isham (June 8, 1892 – September 1, 1971) was a descendant of Abraham Lincoln. He was one of three great-grandchildren of Abraham Lincoln and the only child of Mary "Mamie" Lincoln.[1]


    Isham was born to Mary "Mamie" and Charles Bradford Isham. A drop out of Harvard,[2] a newspaper once said "his frail body was unequal to the strain". Later on, Isham was said to have been a secret operative for the U.S. government inWorld War II.

    On August 30, 1919, Isham married Leahalma "Lea" Correa, a New York ‘Society Girl of Sephardic Spanish Descent’, and helped raise her daughter, Frances Mantley. He was a frequent visitor at Hildene. Once when he was young, he was allowed to drive his grandfather Robert Todd Lincoln's 1905 Thomas Automobile, but rolled it in a ditch.

    Later in his life, Isham and his wife settled in Dorset, Vermont where they owned a 22-acre (9 ha) farm. A talented amateur musician, he would often play music while his wife wrote children’s stories. On September 1, 1971 at 12:30 am, Isham died at Putnam Memorial Hospital at the age of 79. He left most of his estate to the Red CrossSalvation Army, andAmerican Cancer Society. He also left a US$440,000 trust fund for his stepdaughter, and sent his grandmother's ‘Chicken Leg Coffee Set’ and ‘White House china’ to theSmithsonian.[3] The rest of his family artifacts were auctioned off.[4]

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