Lot 203    

Robert "Bud" Todd Lincoln Beckwith and Family Photographs
8/1/2011 - ONLINE American History Timed Auction
Lot of 21 photographs, including 19 of Robert "Bud" Todd Lincoln Beckwith taken throughout his life, a snapshot of his first wife, plus a copy of a photograph of Warren Wallace Beckwith, Robert "Bud" and Mary "Peggy" Lincoln Beckwith's father.

Robert "Bud" Todd Lincoln Beckwith (1904-1985) was the great-grandson of Abraham Lincoln. In 1975, he became the last undisputed descendant of Lincoln when his sister, "Peggy" Beckwith passed away without children. Beckwith expressed little interest in school as a young man, yet he spent two years at grandfather Robert Todd Lincoln's boarding school, Philips Exeter Academy. He then attended prep school in Washington, D.C. along with a military academy in New York. He did not attend college, but he purportedly earned a degree from the National University Law School as an attorney. Beckwith served in the Coast Guard during World War II, which resulted in a life-long interest in boating and sailing. Beckwith married three times. His first marriage to Hazel Holland Wilson ended without issue; his second marriage to Annemarie Hoffman ended in divorce in 1976 when she was discovered to be pregnant – but apparently not by Bud Beckwith. Beckwith married again in 1979, this time to divorcee Margaret Fristoe (1901-2009).

The lot features 19 original and copy photographs of Beckwith taken throughout his life, including individual portraits and snapshots that range in size from 1.5 x 2.25 in. to 7.25 x 9.25 in., with some housed in frames. The lot includes shots of Beckwith standing next to Lincoln busts, plus a view of Beckwith standing beside a painting of his great-grandmother, Mary Todd Lincoln. A snapshot of Beckwith's first wife Hazel Holland Wilson also accompanies the lot. In addition, a 5 x 7 in. copy photograph of Warren Wallace Beckwith, Robert "Bud" and Mary "Peggy" Lincoln Beckwith's father, is included.

The lot is accompanied by a Xerox copy of a 2010 affidavit stating that it was purchased from the Robert Todd Lincoln Beckwith Estate.


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Purchased From the Estate of Robert Todd Beckwith, Last Male Descendent of Abraham Lincoln
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