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John Wilkes Booth

John Wilkes Booth

The nation's most famous assassin, John Wilkes Booth was an accomplished actor, Southern sympathizer, and likely spy before shooting President Lincoln at Ford's Theater in April 1865, just after Lee's surrender at Appomattox. Booth, who leaped from the President's box onto the stage, was hunted down and died in a shootout days later. Several of his co-conspirators were hanged for their role in the assassination.

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