March 07, 2014

Lincoln's Assassin Facts

  • John Wilkes Booth assassinated President Abraham Lincoln at Ford’s Theater in Washington, D.C. on April 14, 1865.

  • President Lincoln wasn’t John Wilkes Booth’s only target. The Vice President and Secretary of State were supposed to be killed by other assassins at the same time.

  • A year before killing Lincoln, Booth was in Boston, playing the lead in Romeo and Juliet.

  • Prior to 1884, when linotype printing was invented, no newspaper was more than eight pages.

  • A 1793 Chain large cent recently sold at auction for almost $1.4 million.

  • The Garrett Farm, where Booth died, was eventually torn down and is now paved over by a highway.

  • John Wilkes Booth came from a family of actors. Both his father and older brother were accomplished actors.

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