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Dr. Robert King Stone - Personal Physician of Abraham Lincoln - 1865

 

robert king stoneDR ROBERT KING STONE - PERSONAL PHYSICIAN OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN

Surrounding every productive leader, there are many supportive associates. For Abraham Lincoln, one of these people was his personal physician, Dr. Robert King Stone (1822-1872). Since the American Civil War, Dr. Stone cared for President Lincoln and then was asked to care for the first family during Lincoln’s presidency.

Background

Dr. Stone had begun his life as the son of an engraver. After earning his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Stone traveled to London, Paris and Vienna to investigate hospital techniques and practices. In 1847 Dr. Stone opened his own medical practice. After establishing an outstanding reputation in the Washington DC medical community, he became a professor at Columbian College Medical School, which has since become The George Washington University Medical School.

Caring for the Lincoln Family

It was February of 1862 when two of Lincoln’s sons were afflicted with Typhoid Fever. Although Dr. Stone cared for them and did everything he could, 8-year-old Thomas ‘Tad’ Lincoln survived but 11-year-old William ‘Willie’ Lincoln passed away. The Lincoln family trusted Dr. Stone and called on him regularly for medical care. In particular, Mrs. Lincoln relied on him for assistance with her frequent migraine headaches.

lincoln eyeglasses reading son tad 1 resized 600 ICONIC PRESIDENT - ABRAHAM LINCOLN WITH HIS SON TAD

Presidential Influence

President Lincoln so respected Dr. Stone’s medical opinion that he wrote a letter to the surgeon general in 1862 urging him to follow his directive in regard to introduce a certain disinfectant for use in hospitals and camps. Dr. Stone was often called upon to treat members of the White House staff as well as the First Family.

Medical Case

The Raleigh DeGeer Amyx Collection has acquired the small medical case that was used by Dr. Robert King Stone during the time that he served the Lincoln Family. The black leather case contains syringes and other instruments lain in purple velvet with a hinge monogrammed "R.K.S., M.D." This rare find is proven authentic by Dr. Stone’s own original hand-written note that indicates that he used it to treat President Abraham Lincoln.

medical case used lincoln shot 1 resized 600PHYSICIAN'S MEDICAL CASE USED WHILE TREATING PRESIDENT LINCOLN - LONG IN THE RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX COLLECTION  - THIS ICONIC RELIC WILL BE SOLD BY RRAUCTION.COM SEPTEMBER 17,2014

Assassination

Dr. Stone remained with President Lincoln during his final hours. After learning that the President had been shot at Ford’s Theater, Dr. Stone rushed to his aid. Another doctor who was at the scene had President Lincoln moved to a private home that was directly across the street from the theatre. Although he was still breathing and had a weak pulse for several hours, President Lincoln's horrendous wound was mortal and the President  never regained consciousness.  The President was pronounced dead early on the morning of April 15, 1865.

Abraham LincolnABRAHAM LINCOLN - AMERICA'S  ICONIC 16TH  PRESIDENT

Consoling the First Family

It was Dr. Stone who informed Robert Todd Lincoln, President Lincoln’s eldest son, of his father’s fatal condition. In the weeks following the assassination, Mrs. Lincoln became very distraught. Dr. Stone and another physician who was a friend of the family cared for her, insisting that she be allowed to remain in the White House until she had sufficiently recovered.

ABE LINCOLN

16TH U.S. PRESIDENT - ABRAHAM LINCOLN OF ILLINOIS

Testimony

Dr. Stone’s concern for the Lincolns extended to the formal investigation of the assassination. Although there were many witnesses, Dr. Stone was the only physician to give testimony about the President’s condition. In his account, he provides details of the close range gunshot that entered the back of President Lincoln’s head, the immediate effects it had on his person, and the attempts of himself and others to assist the President. Dr. Stone describes how Lincoln’s breathing and heartbeat gradually decreased, and closer to his death, how his body began convulsing. His remarks continued with a full account of President Lincoln’s autopsy.

abraham lincoln funeral A SMALL PORTION OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN'S ENORMOUS PRESIDENTIAL FUNERAL

Historical Significance

The role that Dr. Stone enjoyed while caring for the Lincoln family, however tragically it may have ended, helped his career considerably. He was very well respected and was able to accomplish many things due to the powerful influence he had earned.

Raleigh DeGeer Amyx is proud to own the authentic medical case, as well as the Physician's personal provenance, pertaining to it's use on of President Lincoln. Mr. Amyx has spent more than 30 years collecting historically significant artifacts. Many of the museum-quality hisorical artifacts acquired by the Raleigh DeGeer Amyx Collection will be sold, including this iconic representation, in a live auction in Boston, Mass. on September 17th & 18th, 2014 by RRAUCTION.COM. If you have interest in a particular item in the collection, please feel to inquire using the form below or contact the the auction house directly using the above link.

 

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Raleigh DeGeer Amyx is an American historian and collector. His full biography can be read on his Wikipedia page.

Reflecting on the Historic Importance of The Gettysburg address

 

Gettysburg Address

A NATIONAL TREASURE - THE FULL TEXT OF THE GETTYSBURG ADDRESS

If we look back at events that transpired 150 years ago, we may consider ourselves to be far removed from the sentiments conveyed by President Abraham Lincoln at the dedication of the Soldiers' National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Actually, much of what was conveyed in this brief oration remains true in the context of modern life.

The timing of President Lincoln’s remarks on November 19, 1863, fell four and a half months after the Battle of Gettysburg, where nearly 8,000 American lives were lost over a course of three days. The dedication of the national cemetery set into motion the process of relocating bodies of soldiers who had been buried in nearby church and hospital cemeteries and it provided for a proper burial for the many fallen soldiers whose bodies remained on the battlefield, or buried hurriedly in shallow graves.

President Abraham Lincoln

THE LAST PHOTOGRAPH EVER TAKEN OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN, IN 1865

This somber event required any speaker to show respect to the fallen soldiers and provide hope for a brighter day that is directly attributed to sacrifices made. Nationally known keynote speaker, Edward Everett, spent two hours addressing the crowd before introducing President Lincoln. It would seem that President Lincoln could have chosen to curtail his remarks after this lengthy oration but with some investigation, any researcher would see that he intended to be brief. The Gettysburg Address has come to be one of the most well-known speeches in history. Although the entire speech was delivered in less than three minutes, its content was rich and the sentiments conveyed were powerful.

Lincoln Memorial

THE HANDSOME LINCOLN MEMORIAL IN WASHINGTON DC, WHOSE 1922 DEDICATION WAS ATTENDED BY ABRAHAM LINCOLN'S SON ROBERT TODD LINCOLN

Historians have compared President Lincoln’s remarks to sources that appear to have influenced his choice of words. More specifically, the principles of human equality conveyed by the Declaration of Independence were echoed when President Lincoln referred to the “new birth of freedom” made possible by the recent struggle. It appears that this parallel was deliberate evidenced by the introductory phrase "Four score and seven years ago."

Other noted parallels include a structural resemblance to Pericles's Funeral Oration during the Peloponnesian War circa 400 BC as described by Thucydides. Both begin by acknowledging predecessors, followed by praise for dedication to democracy, respect for those who have sacrificed their lives for the cause, and motivation for the living to continue the fight.

Gettysburg Address

THE GETTYSBURG ADDRESS AS WRITTEN BY THE HAND OF PRESIDENT ABRAHAM LINCOLN

Another recognized influence is the words of Massachusetts Senator Daniel Webster, "Liberty and Union, now and forever, one and inseparable" and "made for the people, made by the people, and answerable to the people." Additionally, many American historians recognize the literary style of the King James Bible in President Lincoln’s speech and writing.

President Lincoln wrote the Gettysburg address before and while the President was traveling by railroad to Pennsylvania. Reporters who captured the exact wording of the speech as it was delivered agree that its content differs slightly from each of the five handwritten copies that have been preserved; most notably, the addition of the words “under God” in the phrase “this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom.”

painting of Abraham Lincoln

GEORGE PETER ALEXANDER HEALY'S 1869 PAINTING OF PRESIDENT ABRAHAM LINCOLN

Two versions had been written before the speech was delivered. They were provided to John Nicolay and John Hay, President Lincoln’s private secretaries. The remaining three versions were created upon request later and were provided to Massachusetts politician Edward Everett, historian and former Secretary of the Navy George Bancroft, and Colonel Alexander Bliss, the stepson of historian George Bancroft. The only version that includes President Lincoln’s signature and date is the one provided to Colonel Bliss, known as the Bliss copy. This is the version that is referenced most often.

The lasting value of these words was echoed in 1963, when President John F. Kennedy stated "Five score years ago the ground on which we here stand shuddered under the clash of arms and was consecrated for all time by the blood of American manhood. Abraham Lincoln, in dedicating this great battlefield, has expressed, in words too eloquent for paraphrase or summary, why this sacrifice was necessary."

Raleigh DeGeer AmyxRENOWNED COLLECTOR RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX

Raleigh DeGeer Amyx is a collector of museum-quality American historical memorabilia. Mr. Amyx has spent over a quarter of a century focusing on important artifacts, providing expert consultation for government and private entities as well as acquiring, selling, and trading important historically significant items. Mr. Amyx is proud to have acquired several authentic artifacts owned by U.S. Presidents including Abraham Lincoln. To discuss purchase, sale or trade of museum-quality historical artifacts, please contact Mr. Amyx.

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For additional historical facts that may be of interest see: www.AmericanHeritage1.com

Raleigh DeGeer Amyx is an American historian and collector. His full biography can be read on his Wikipedia page.

Abraham Lincoln: His Legacy Endures 150 Years Later

 

As Americans, we are fortunate to live in a country that is steeped in a rich and vibrant past — a history filled with enough memorable and stunning events to fill more books than are in the Library of Congress. What’s more, today, we can continue to “live” our history through television shows and movies that celebrate many epic events and acclaimed public and political figures who made significant contributions to this great country of ours.

One in particular is Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, serving from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865. Lincoln, one of the United States’ most famous political figures, has been ingrained in our psyche through a plethora of media, including paintings, photography, stage plays, music and the movies.

abraham lincoln emancipation proclamationTHE LEGENDARY PAINTING BY FRANCIS BICKNELL CARPENTER OF LINCOLN AND HIS CABINET DRAFTING THE EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION

A prime example is the movie, “Lincoln,” currently showing throughout the country that has been hailed by many critics as a spectacular homage to Lincoln, thanks to Daniel Day-Lewis’ striking resemblance to and reported mannerism of the President.

daniel day lewis abraham lincolnA ONE-OF-A-KIND ACTOR PLAYING A ONE-OF-A-KIND PRESIDENT: DANIEL DAY-LEWIS AS ABRAHAM LINCOLN

Lincoln is considered one of America’s greatest heroes because of his unique, remarkable story — his rise from humble beginnings to achieve the highest office in the country. His legacy will surely endure as we recognize and remember him for his distinctively human and humane personality and the significantly historical role he played as savior of the Union and emancipator of slaves. In fact, it is his Emancipation Proclamation, issued in 1863 that freed all slaves in the rebellious states and began the path for what became the eventual abolition of slavery with the Thirteenth Amendment to the US Constitution. Later that same year, Lincoln delivered his famous and oft-quoted Gettysburg Address - which still today prevails as one of the most influential pieces of oratory in American history. And on November 19, this famous speech celebrated its 149th anniversary. Today, Lincoln’s legacy is indisputable. And for that we as a country are forever grateful.

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Lincoln’s wife and the First Lady from 1861 to 1865, Mary Todd Lincoln was a staunch supporter of the President’s quest to save the Union. During her years in the White House, the First Lady often visited hospitals around Washington. Her dedication to the military was demonstrated when she would take the time to write letters for them to send to their loved ones. Occasionally, she would accompany the President on military visits to the field. While she performed her duties as the First Lady flawlessly, hosting many social functions, she was often blamed by historians for what was perceived as spending too much on the White House. She was said to have felt that it was an important duty to maintain the prestige of the Presidency and the Union during the horrendous Civil War.

Mary Todd Lincoln Gold CoinsGOLD ENGRAVINGS OF MARY TODD LINCOLN, A FIRST LADY OF COMPLEXITY AS WELL AS UNBEARABLE SUFFERING

The President and the First Lady had four sons: Robert Todd Lincoln, Edward Lincoln, Willie Lincoln, and Tad Lincoln. Sadly, only son Robert Todd Lincoln lived to a thriving adulthood. Early death deprived son's Willie as well as Tad of adult success and happiness. These tradgedies, along with the murder of the Predsident, had much to do with the fraqile mental health of Mary Todd Lincoln.

abraham lincoln eyeglasses 1LINCOLN’S PRESCRIPTION EYEGLASSES FROM THE RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX COLLECTION

We present for your viewing pleasure a remarkable and rare find: Abraham Lincoln’s prescription eyeglasses, lovingly preserved and protected in a rich leather, gold embossed optical case.  This is just one of many Presidential relics in The Raleigh DeGeer Amyx Collection.

lincoln eyeglasses reading son tad 1 resized 600LINCOLN WEARING HIS SIGNATURE GLASSES WITH HIS BELOVED SON TAD

abraham lincoln white house china 1 resized 600FROM THE RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX COLLECTION - THE LINCOLNS' WHITE HOUSE DINNER PLATE USED FOR STATE DINNER, STILL IN SPECTACULAR CONDITION ONE HUNDRED FIFTY YEARS LATER

Also featured is a Dinner Plate that was selected by First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln, who was passionate and dedicated to her responsibility and duty for furnishing the White House. This Dinner Plate is part of a collection that was French, and imported and decorated by E.V. Haughwout and Company, New York. The collection was presented and used at State Dinners at the White House. Several original Lincoln pieces of this beautiful porcelain reside in the Raleigh DeGeer Amyx Collection today.

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Raleigh DeGeer Amyx is an American historian and collector. His full biography can be read on his Wikipedia page.

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