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Robert was the oldest son of President Abraham Lincoln.  He served as Secretary of War under President Garfield and President Arthur.  There is a fascinating anecdote on Wikipedia about how Robert was saved from injury or possibly death on a train platform by Edwin Booth, brother of John Wilkes Booth.  When Edwin Booth pulled Lincoln back from nearly falling off the platform onto the track of a moving train, he did not know he was saving the son of the man his brother had very recently assassinated.

Robert Todd was also played hotly by Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the movie Lincoln.  The resemblence is a little freaky.