March 28, 2014
Stressed About College Admissions? At Least You’re Not Lincoln’s Kid

It’s 1859. Your father is a prominent Republican and former member of Congress; soon, he’ll be nominated to run for president of the United States. You’re a fresh-faced 16-year-old, just arrived in Cambridge, Massachusetts, from Illinois.  You’re living the dream still shared by students across America: Enrolling in Harvard College. Veritas shall be yours.

And then you fail the entrance exam. Major bummer.
This is not the sepia-toned fever dream of a future history major, suffering night terrors as he anxiously awaits admissions decisions on April 1. No, this was the unfortunate fate of Robert Todd Lincoln, the 16th president’s oldest son. He failed the test he needed to get into college because of “limited preparation,” wrote historian James T. Hickey, which presumably means “he didn’t study.”
Read more. [Image: Thomas Evanson/Flickr]

Stressed About College Admissions? At Least You’re Not Lincoln’s Kid

It’s 1859. Your father is a prominent Republican and former member of Congress; soon, he’ll be nominated to run for president of the United States. You’re a fresh-faced 16-year-old, just arrived in Cambridge, Massachusetts, from Illinois.  You’re living the dream still shared by students across America: Enrolling in Harvard College. Veritas shall be yours.

And then you fail the entrance exam. Major bummer.

This is not the sepia-toned fever dream of a future history major, suffering night terrors as he anxiously awaits admissions decisions on April 1. No, this was the unfortunate fate of Robert Todd Lincoln, the 16th president’s oldest son. He failed the test he needed to get into college because of “limited preparation,” wrote historian James T. Hickey, which presumably means “he didn’t study.”

Read more. [Image: Thomas Evanson/Flickr]

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