(April 13, 1844 – April 21, 1916) was accused of plotting with John Wilkes Booth to kidnap U.S.
President Abraham Lincoln; he was also suspected of involvement in the Abraham Lincoln assassination.
His mother, Mary Surratt, was convicted of conspiracy and hanged by the U.S.
government; she owned the boarding house that the conspirators used as a safe house and to plot the scheme.
He avoided arrest immediately after the assassination by fleeing to Canada and then to Europe.
He thus avoided the fate of the other conspirators, who were hanged.
He served briefly as a Pontifical Zouave but was recognized and arrested.
He escaped to Egypt but was eventually arrested and extradited.
By the time of his trial, the statute of limitations had expired on most of the potential charges which meant that he was never convicted of anything.