Mamie Lincoln Isham

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Mamie Lincoln Isham
Mary “Mamie” Lincoln.jpg
Mary Todd Lincoln

(1869-10-15)October 15, 1869
DiedNovember 21, 1938(1938-11-21) (aged 69)
OccupationChoir Mother
Spouse(s)Charles Bradford Isham
ChildrenLincoln Isham
Parent(s)Robert Todd Lincoln
Mary Eunice Harlan
RelativesAbraham Lincoln (grandfather)

Mary Todd "Mamie" Lincoln Isham (October 15, 1869 – November 21, 1938) was a granddaughter of Abraham Lincoln, the first daughter of Robert Todd Lincoln and the mother of Lincoln Isham.[1]

Mamie was born Mary Todd Lincoln to Mary Eunice Harlan and Robert Todd Lincoln at the Robert Lincoln home in Chicago, Illinois. As a child, she was called by the nickname of "Little Mamie". Her father, Robert Todd Lincoln would often bring Mamie to his mother, Mary Todd Lincoln; it is believed that Robert addressed Mamie as Mary's "favorite grandchild". On one visit, Mary Lincoln gave her grandchild two very expensive dolls.

Mamie and her siblings were described as "bright, natural, unpretentious children, well liked by the people of the town". Mamie and her sister, Jessie, were piano students in the summer session of Iowa Wesleyan in 1886.[2] Mamie later became a member of the Mount Pleasant Chapter A of the P.E.O. Sisterhood one month before her birthday, on September 17, 1884. Her sister Jessie was later accepted by the same organization on December 31, 1895, more than 11 years later.

Mamie Lincoln became engaged in London and then married Charles Bradford Isham on September 2, 1891 and bought a place in Manchester, Vermont, known as the 1811 house.[3] In 1892, she had her first and only child, Lincoln Isham in New York City. She lived the rest of her life in New York City including the address 19 East Seventy-second Street, where she was a choir mother of Grace Church on Broadway. On June 9, 1919, her husband died, leaving her a widow, but she continued to live in New York City for the next 19 years until she became gravely ill herself in 1938. She died in NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital on November 21, 1938 at around 10:05 a.m. at the age of 69. She is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery in The Bronx.

At the time of her death, Isham was the owner of the Healy Portrait of Lincoln, which had been left to her by her mother. It was given to the White House collection when she died.[4]

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  1. ^ "Biography and Family Line of the Lincolns".
  2. ^ "Photograph of Mary "Mamie" Lincoln".
  3. ^ "Photograph of Mary "Mamie" Lincoln in her wedding gown".
  4. ^ "MRS. ISHAM DIES; WAS LINCOLN'S KIN: Granddaughter of President a Daughter of Robert Todd Lincoln, Ex-War Secretary OWNED FAMOUS PORTRAIT Emancipator's Likeness Now to Hang in White House if a Position Suitable Is Found". New York Times. 22 November 1938. Retrieved 10 July 2017.


  • "Mrs. Charles Isham Dies; Lincoln's Granddaughter". N.Y. Tribune. October 23, 1938.
  • Haselmayer, Dr. Louis A. (Fall 1968). "Jessie Harlan Lincoln in Iowa". Annals of Iowa. Des Moines: 417.