John Wilkes Booth, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


John Wilkes Booth

American stage actor and assassin of Abraham Lincoln

Date of Birth: 10-May-1838

Place of Birth: Bel Air, Maryland, United States

Date of Death: 26-Apr-1865

Profession: actor, writer, mechanical engineer, criminal, stage actor

Nationality: United States

Zodiac Sign: Taurus

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About John Wilkes Booth

  • John Wilkes Booth (May 10, 1838 ÔÇô April 26, 1865) was an American actor who assassinated President Abraham Lincoln at Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C., on April 14, 1865.
  • He was a member of the prominent 19th-century Booth theatrical family from Maryland and a well-known actor in his own right.
  • He was also a Confederate sympathizer, vehement in his denunciation of Lincoln, and strongly opposed to the abolition of slavery in the United States.Booth and a group of co-conspirators originally plotted to kidnap Lincoln but later planned to kill him, Vice President Andrew Johnson, and Secretary of State William H.
  • Seward in a bid to help the Confederacy's cause.
  • Robert E.
  • Lee's Army of Northern Virginia had surrendered four days earlier, but Booth believed that the American Civil War was not yet over because Confederate General Joseph E.
  • Johnston's army was still fighting the Union Army. Booth was completely successful in carrying out his part of the plot.
  • He shot Lincoln once in the back of the head, and the President died the next morning.
  • Seward was severely wounded but recovered, and Vice President Johnson was never attacked. After the assassination, Booth fled on horseback to southern Maryland and, 12 days later, arrived at a farm in rural northern Virginia where he was tracked down.
  • Booth's companion gave himself up, but Booth refused and was shot by Union soldier Boston Corbett after the barn in which he was hiding was set ablaze.
  • Eight other conspirators were tried and convicted, and four were hanged shortly after.

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