Robert Lincoln, son of Abe, lived his life in the shadow of his father, the Great Emancipator. At Hidden, Bob's gracious retirement estate, he lived out his final years swathed in the private greatness he could not aspire to in the public sphere. He shared his father's intelligence and many attributes, but not his expansive type A personality. He was a great success in his private life as a Chicago lawyer and head of Pullman, the largest industrial firm of the era, but had no aspirations to the Presidency. Holden, a British expression for "hills and valleys," reminded him of the British countryside he had enjoyed while minister to Great Britain in earlier years. It is beautifully preserved and conserved. Don;t miss his private observatory on a promontory overlooking his valley, and on the wonderful example of a private Pullman rail car built in his era as head of Pullman.
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