A new book tells the story of one of Abraham Lincoln’s sons and his Iowa connection. Robert Todd Lincoln settled in Mount Pleasant, the only one of President Lincoln’s four sons who lived to adulthood. Author Paul Juhl of Iowa City says the book mentions the young Lincoln’s romantic interest and his family.
“Robert Todd Lincoln fell in love with a young woman from Iowa, Mary Harlan, whose father was the first Republican senator to be elected from our state,” Juhl says. “They married and it’s really the story of their three children, Mamie, Abraham Lincoln the Second, who was always known as Jack, and the younger daughter, Jesse.”
Juhl says he did plenty of research for the book, making trips to study in Chicago, in Indiana and at the new Lincoln library in Springfield, Illinois. Juhl says the book covers the life and times of the Harlan and Lincoln families. He says, “It tells the story not only of James Harlan and his wife coming to the Iowa territory, but it moves on through until 1985 and that was the time of the death of the last Lincoln descendant, Robert Todd Lincoln Beckwith, so there are no more descendants of the Lincoln family.”
The 70-page spiral-bound book is called, “The James Harlan and Robert Todd Lincoln Families’ Mount Pleasant Memories.” It costs $20, with proceeds to benefit the restoration of the Harlan Lincoln House in Mount Pleasant.
To order a copy, call Juhl at (319) 354-9356.
Contributed by Pat Powers, KQWC, Webster City