RICH MAN, POOR MAN: The Surviving Sons of John Brown and Abraham Lincoln in 1914
|Robert Todd Lincoln|
The only living son of ex-President Lincoln is Robert T. Lincoln, and the only living son of John Brown of Harper's Ferry is Salmon Brown. A span of several thousand miles separates the homes of these two sons of two world famous men, for Robert Lincoln lives at Manchester, Vt., and Salmon Brown at Portland, Ore.
Both are aged men. Mr. Lincoln this last summer celebrated his seventieth birthday, and Mr. Brown, grizzled and gray, and crippled from an accident of several years ago, staggers about his little farm on the outskirts of Portland, Oregon, a man past the 80 mark.
Salmon Brown in giving an account of the incidents of his father's life cites a singular circumstance. He said: "Robert E. Lee captured John Brown in Virginia. At the close of the war Lee laid down his arms to General Grant, a fifth cousin of John Brown. Grover Cleveland was a sixth cousin to my father, and both he and Grant not long thereafter became presidents of the United States."
Mr. Brown, in closing an interesting interview concerning his father said: "With more than a half century intervening since the tragedy at Harper's Ferry, during which time public judgment has calmed and changed materially, I feel that no apology is needed on behalf of John Brown, husband and father, kind and true, however much some may still doubt the saneness of his work for the abolition of that horrible national curse, slavery."
Source: "Son of Lincoln, Rich; John Brown's Son, Poor," Topeka Capital (Apr. 12, 1914)