John Wilkes Booth

Project done by: McKenna Southard

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1. John Wilkes Booth was born on May 10. 1838 in Bel Air Maryland.

2. His father, Julius Brutus Booth was a well known actor and John aspired to follow in his fathers footsteps. He got his first big break to do just that at the age of 17 staring in Shakespeare's "Richard III".

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3. John's acting career was cut short, however, when he came down with a repository disease and had to take a break from the stage.

4. In 1850, Booth joined the "No-nothing party" who tried to stop immigration in the Unites States. It was at this time that John Wilkes Booth began to show support of slavery.

5. During the Civil War Wilkes served as a secret agent for the Confederacy.

6. With his time off from acting, John Wilkes Booth and some other men came up with a conspiracy to kidnap President Abraham Lincoln.

7. The original plan included 6 other Confederate Sympathizers as aids to Wilkes.



This picture show John Wilkes Booth on the left and 4 other conspirators.

8. The plan that Booth and the Sympathizers came up with was that they would kidnap Lincoln from Washington and would then take him to Richmond where they would demand that he either release the Confederate soldiers or come to their terms of peace in order to be released.

9. In March 1865, their plan to kidnap Lincoln failed as he didn't show up Washington.

10. After Booth's kidnapping scheme failed, he decided to take his plan one step further. He came up with a new idea, to kill Lincoln.

11. On April 14, 1865 at 10 am, John Wilkes Booth completed his mission. While Lincoln was watching the "Our American Cousin" play at Ford's Theater in Washington D.C., John Wilkes booth shot and killed Abraham Lincoln.

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12. RIght after Booth shot Lincoln, he jumped onto the staged and called out ' "Sic semper tyrannis! (Thusever to tyrants!) The South is avenged!" '.

This image is one made to represent Booth's jump onto the stage after he shot Lincoln.

13. After he shouted out, Booth jumped off the stage which ended up breaking his leg. From there he was able to make a getaway on a horse before anyone was able to stop him.

14. Booth was able to cross the Pontiac River and meet with his conspirators at Richard G. Garret's farm which was in Virginia where they would hid out in the Garret's barn for several days.

A map on the left hand side shows the path which Booth took to "safety".

15. On April 26, 1865, investigators found the hide out and John Wilkes Booth ended up getting shot in the barn.

16. The shot did not kill Booth, however, and he still refused to surrender so the investigators set the barn on fire and Booth crawled out, badly burned, only to die a few moments later.

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