According to All That’s Interesting, William’s good-hearted nature strongly resembled his father’s. He was said to be intelligent, thoughtful, and loved to learn and help others. Per William C. Kashatus, the boy often cheered Abraham Lincoln when he was down. Willie and younger brother Tad were also known to cause trouble inside the White House with their pranks and games. That changed when the boys fell ill after getting typhoid from contaminated water (via Mr. Lincoln’s White House). Although his parents tried their best to nurse him back to health, Willie continued to deteriorate and died at the age of 11 on February 20, 1862. Of his death, Lincoln stated, “My poor boy. He was too good for this earth. God has called him home.”

According to The Washington Post, a former slave who became seamstress to Mary Todd Lincoln described the president as being “unnerved” by his grief. As for Mary, she was said to be beside herself and became increasingly distant. She locked herself in her room for weeks and did not attend Willie’s funeral on February 24. Tad eventually recovered and became incredibly close to his father. He would later die at age 18 (per Ford’s Theatre). Robert would be the only son to survive childhood and outlive his parents. After Lincoln’s assassination, Willie’s body was exhumed from Oak Hill Cemetery in Washington, D.C., to be buried with his father in Illinois.

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