Edwin Booth was born #onthisday 185 years ago-Nov. 13, 1833. He was born into one of America’s premier theatrical families, but the Booth name is unfortunately famous for another reason: Edwin’s younger brother, John Wilkes Booth, assassinated President Abraham Lincoln on Apr. 14, 1865.
The Booth family has another fascinating connection to the Lincolns. In late 1864 or early 1865, Edwin Booth was waiting for a train in New Jersey when he saw a young man fall onto the tracks. Afraid the man would be killed by the oncoming train, Booth grabbed him and pulled him to safety.
The young man turned out to be Robert Todd Lincoln, son of President and Mrs. Abraham Lincoln. Robert Lincoln confirmed that this event took place and that he recognized Edwin Booth and thanked him by name.
Edwin Booth lived until Jun. 7, 1893.
Image: Edwin Booth as Hamlet. #edwinbooth #johnwilkesbooth #abrahamlincoln #civilwar #werehistory #twitterstorians