Why Famous: Assassinated US President Abraham Lincoln at Ford's Theatre, in Washington, D.C.
Booth was a member of then famous Booth theatrical family from Maryland and a noted actor himself.
A Confederate sympathizer, he lamented the abolition of slavery in the United States and believed the Civil War was still ongoing when he took his fateful action.
Final Deadly Performance of a Twisted Actor
John Wilkes Booth at Lincoln's Inauguration
Assassination of Abraham Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln's Deathbed
Execution of Lincoln's Assassins
- 1853-01-23 John Wilkes Booth is baptized at St. Timothy's Protestant Episcopal Church
- 1865-03-04 Abraham Lincoln inaugurated for his 2nd term as US President. The man who would assassinate him weeks later, John Wilkes Booth, is photographed attending the inauguration.
- 1865-04-14 US President Abraham Lincoln is shot in the head by John Wilkes Booth at Ford's Theater in Washington; he dies a day later
- 1865-04-15 Abraham Lincoln dies nine hours after he is shot by John Wilkes Booth while attending the play "Our American Cousin" at Ford's Theatre in Washington