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Samuel J. SEYMOUR

American Samuel J. SEYMOUR

born Samuel James SEYMOUR

American carpenter, last surviving person who had been in Ford's Theatre the night of the assassination of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln on April 14, 1865

Source :  Tim DOWLING

Born: on March 28, 1860 in Easton, Maryland, United States
Died: on April 12, 1956 in Arlington County, Virginia, United States


Biography

On April 14, 1865, when he was five years old, Seymour's godmother (the wife of his father's employer) took him to see Our American Cousin at Ford's Theater in Washington, D.C., where they sat in the balcony across the theater from the presidential box. He saw Lincoln come into the box, waving and smiling. Later, "All of a sudden a shot rang out ... and someone in the President's box screamed. I saw Lincoln slumped forward in his seat." Seymour watched John Wilkes Booth jump from the box to the stage. He remembers that, not understanding what had happened to Lincoln, he was very concerned for Booth, who broke his leg in the jump.

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