President Abraham Lincoln fatally shot by John Wilkes Booth on this day 155 years ago

Image courtesy of Library of Congress.

The nation’s first presidential assassination took place on this day 155 years ago.

Lincoln was shot April 14, 1865, while attending a play at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C. His assassin, actor John Wilkes Booth, shot him as he sat in a box looking down on the stage

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Booth, a Confederate sympathizer, fled but was fatally shot several days later by a soldier.

Lincoln died April 15 in a house across the street from Ford’s. His body was transported by train to Springfield, Illinois, where he and his family lived for years before he became president.

Thousands of people turned out to pay their respects along the train route. Lincoln was buried May 4, 1865, in Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield.

The murder took place several days after the formal surrender of Confederate forces in Appomattox, Virginia, ended the Civil War.


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