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    JOHN WILKES BOOTH CABINET CARD, CA 1860S. Booth (May 10, 1838 - April 26, 1865) assassinated Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States, at Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C. on April 14, 1865. Lincoln died the next day from a single gunshot wound to the head, becoming the first American president to be assassinated. Booth was a successful professional stage actor from Maryland, and a member of the prominent Booth family of actors. He was also a Confederate sympathizer who expressed vehement dissatisfaction with the South's defeat in the Civil War and Lincoln's proposal to extend voting rights to freed slaves. Booth and a group of co-conspirators led by him planned to kill Abraham Lincoln, Vice President Andrew Johnson, and Secretary of State William Seward in a desperate bid to help the tottering Confederacy's cause. Only Booth was successful in carrying out his part of the plot. Following the shooting, Booth fled by horseback to southern Maryland and eventually to a farm in rural northern Virginia, where he was tracked down and killed by Union soldiers two weeks later. Several of the other conspirators were tried and hanged. This great studio cabinet card of John Wilkes Booth, is attributed to Alexander Gardner. No back markings, in pencil verso "Emerson Collection" J. W. Booth in 1863.

    Provenance: Al. Emmett Fostell Collection

    Condition: Very fine example.


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