Jessie Harlan Lincoln

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Jessie Harlan Lincoln
Jessie Harlan Lincoln (portrait).jpg
Born(1875-11-06)November 6, 1875
DiedJanuary 4, 1948(1948-01-04) (aged 72)
Resting placeArlington National Cemetery
Warren Wallace Beckwith
(m. 1897; div. 1907)

Frank Edward Johnson
(m. 1915; div. 1925)

Robert John Randolph
(m. 1926)
ChildrenMary Lincoln Beckwith
Robert Todd Lincoln Beckwith
Parent(s)Mary Eunice Harlan
Robert Todd Lincoln
RelativesAbraham Lincoln (grandfather)

Jessie Harlan Lincoln (November 6, 1875 – January 4, 1948) was the second daughter of Robert Todd Lincoln, the granddaughter of Abraham Lincoln, and the mother of Mary Lincoln Beckwith and Robert Todd Lincoln Beckwith, the last undisputed Lincoln descendant.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Jessie Harlan Lincoln (right), with her siblings Abraham II (top) and Mary (left)

Jessie Harlan Lincoln was born on November 6, 1875, in Chicago, Illinois to Mary Eunice Harlan and Robert Todd Lincoln. At the time of her birth, Robert Lincoln was practicing law in Chicago,[3] she was the last of three children of Robert Todd Lincoln.[4] Jessie's sister and brother were, respectively:

  • Mary "Mamie" Lincoln, October 15, 1869 – November 21, 1938
  • Abraham "Jack" Lincoln II, August 14, 1873 – March 5, 1890

Lincoln spent part of her childhood in Washington, D.C. when her father was Secretary of War from 1881 to 1885.[3] She later lived in London, England when her father was the Minister to Great Britain from 1889 to 1893.[3] Jessie's brother, Abraham Lincoln II, died on March 5, 1890 in London at the age of 16, and three years later, the family returned to America, ultimately to Mary Eunice Harlan's mother's residence in Mount Pleasant, Iowa. Jessie and her sister were piano students in the summer session of Iowa Wesleyan in 1886, she was later initiated into the Pleasant Chapter A of the P.E.O. Sisterhood on December 31, 1895, an organization of which her sister, Mary "Mamie" Lincoln, had become a member more than 11 years prior.

In 1919, while Lincoln was married to her second husband, her father established a trust for her and her sister, Mary Lincoln Isham. For Isham's trust, he deposited 375 shares of Commonwealth Edison stock worth slightly more than $38,000 (equivalent to $549,000 in 2018) and 1,000 shares of National Biscuit stock worth $85,000 (equivalent to $1,228,000 in 2018). For Jessie, he deposited 1,000 shares of Commonwealth Edison stock worth $101,750 (equivalent to $1,470,000 in 2018) and 1,000 shares of National Biscuit stock worth $85,000 (equivalent to $1,228,000 in 2018), it was purported that Jessie received more because she was often irresponsible with her finances. In 1920, he deposited another 1,250 shares of Commonwealth Edison stock worth than $100,000 (equivalent to $1,251,000 in 2018) into Jessie's trust fund.[5]

Personal life[edit]

First marriage[edit]

On November 10, 1897, she married Warren Wallace Beckwith, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, at 2:30 in the afternoon. Beckwith was a member of the Mt. Pleasant Football Team and Jessie's father, Robert, strongly and bitterly opposed the couple's being together, he believed their relationship had ended until news of their elopement reached him and his family. He hurried to Jessie's room only to find it empty and that Jessie had married several hours before.[6] In Des Moines County, Iowa in 1898, she gave birth to her first child:

She continued to live in Mount Pleasant, Iowa and on July 19, 1904, had her second and last child, named after her father:

Second marriage[edit]

In 1907, Jessie divorced Warren Beckwith, her second marriage was to Frank Edward Johnson (born 1873)[7] in 1915.[8]

Third marriage[edit]

In 1926, Jessie married her third and final husband, Robert John Randolph, an electrical engineer[3] of the Randolph family of Virginia,[8] her later two marriages did not produce any more children.


From 1946 until her death in 1948, Lincoln lived at their summer estate, Hildene, in Manchester, Vermont. On January 4, 1948, Jessie Harlan Lincoln died at the age of 72 at Rutland Hospital in Rutland, Vermont,[3] the same place where her daughter, Mary would die 27 years later.[9] Lincoln was buried in Dellwood Cemetery in Manchester, Vermont.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Biography and Family Line of the Lincolns". Retrieved February 26, 2009.
  2. ^ "The Family of Mary Lincoln". Retrieved February 26, 2009.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Staff (January 6, 1948). "MRS. R. J. RANDOLPH, LINCOLN DESCENDANT". The New York Times. Retrieved 23 March 2016.
  4. ^ "Abraham Lincoln's Descendants".
  5. ^ Emerson, Jason (2012). Giant in the shadows : the life of Robert T. Lincoln. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press. pp. 542–543. ISBN 0809330555. Retrieved 23 March 2016.
  6. ^ Lincoln's Sons, p. 333
  7. ^ "Frank Edward JOHNSON / Jessie Harlan LINCOLN". Lucille Stewart Beeson Law Library. Retrieved 23 March 2016.
  8. ^ a b Staff (December 30, 1926). "MRS. LINCOLN JOHNSON MARRIES A THIRD TIME". The New York Times. Retrieved 22 March 2016.
  9. ^ "Descendants of Abraham Lincoln".