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WASHINGTON, July 22 (UPI) -- A former radio host and controversial aide to U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., who said he toasts John Wilkes Booth's birthday is leaving his post, officials said.

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WASHINGTON, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- National Geographic Channel says Hollywood actor Tom Hanks is to be the on-camera narrator for its upcoming "Killing Lincoln" program.
'Assassins' reunion planned

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NEW YORK, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- Mario Cantone, Michael Cerveris and Neil Patrick Harris will headline a benefit staging of the musical "Assassins," New York's Roundabout Theatre Company said.

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Booth bobbleheads pulled in Gettysburg

GETTYSBURG NATIONAL MILITARY PARK, Pa., March 14 (UPI) -- The Gettysburg Museum & Visitor Center in Pennsylvania has pulled bobble-head dolls of John Wilkes Booth from its bookstore following complaints from visitors.

Auction set for house with Lincoln tie

KING GEORGE, Va., July 25 (UPI) -- A Virginia manor house where John Wilkes Booth sought medical help after assassinating President Abraham Lincoln is heading for auction, officials say.
Booth kin may be exhumed to solve mystery

Booth kin may be exhumed to solve mystery

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 27 (UPI) -- Descendants say they support exhuming actor Edwin Booth to determine if his brother was really shot after assassinating Abraham Lincoln.

Mudd family gathers to celebrate ancestor

DRY TORTUGAS, Fla., July 18 (UPI) -- Descendants of Dr. Samuel Mudd, who was imprisoned for treating Lincoln assassin John Wilkes Booth, gathered near Key West, Fla., to commemorate him, they said.

Lincoln assassination bullet on display

WASHINGTON, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- The bullet used to kill U.S. President Abraham Lincoln is on display in Washington as part of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial, a museum official says.
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John Wilkes Booth (May 10, 1838 – April 26, 1865) was an American stage actor who assassinated President Abraham Lincoln at Ford's Theatre, in Washington, D.C., on April 14, 1865. Booth was a member of the prominent 19th century Booth theatrical family from Maryland and, by the 1860s, was a well known actor. He was also a Confederate sympathizer vehement in his denunciation of the Lincoln Administration and outraged by the South's defeat in the American Civil War. He strongly opposed the abolition of slavery in the United States and Lincoln's proposal to extend voting rights to recently emancipated slaves.

Booth and a group of co-conspirators planned to kill Lincoln, Vice President Andrew Johnson, and Secretary of State William Seward in a bid to help the Confederacy's cause. Although Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia had surrendered four days earlier, Booth believed the war was not yet over because Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston's army was still fighting the Union Army. Of the conspirators, only Booth was completely successful in carrying out his respective part of the plot. Seward was wounded but recovered; Lincoln died the next morning from a single gunshot wound to the back of the head.

Following the shooting, Booth fled on horseback to southern Maryland, eventually making his way to a farm in rural northern Virginia 12 days later, where he was tracked down and shot by Boston Corbett, a Union soldier who acted against orders. Eight others were tried and convicted, and four were hanged shortly thereafter. Over the years, various authors have suggested that Booth escaped his pursuers and subsequently died many years later under a pseudonym.

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