John Wilkes Booth

Madison Dean. and Michael Munchrath

Early Years

John Wilkes Booth was born on May 10, 1838 in Bel Air, Maryland. When he was younger he went to Milton Boarding School for Boys, and then he was moved to St. Timothys Hall. Before the Civil War, John Wilkes Booth was a very known actor. He was in many plays, including Shakespeares Richard III. Later, he made a debut in New York for the play he was in. Then, he got a lead role in another play.

Contribution to the Civil War

In the 1850's, John Wilkes Booth became a part of the No-Nothing Party. Booth supported slavery. John Wilkes Booth was known as the guy who killed the greatest man on earth, Abraham Lincoln. Its funny because Booth performed for Lincoln on November, 1863. Booth was also in the Virginia Company, and was at the hanging of John Brown.

Life After the Civil War

After the Civil War is when Booth assasinated Lincoln, and when he was trying to escape, he broke his leg. What he did was not a very good thing because everyone loved Lincoln, and after that everyone was out trying to find Booth because they wanted to kill John Wilkes Booth. John Wilkes Booth died on April 26, 1865, and he was buried in 1869, and at Green Mount Cemetery, in Baltimore, Maryland. There was an unknown person that made a Monument for John Wilkes Booth.
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Interesting Facts

  • He originally planned to kidnap Lincoln.
  • Booth served as a secret agent for the Confederacy during the Civil War.
  • He assasinated Lincoln because he was frusturated because his kidnap plan did not work, and he wanted to kill him because of what he was doing during the Civil War.
  • He actually performed for Lincoln in November 1863.
  • John said, " Tell Mother....I died for my country!"