John Wilkes Booth ( A man with a mission) is known as killing one of our U . S presidents, Abraham Lincoln. How did he do it when did he do it and where did he do it at? Lincoln helping abolish slavery state by state to try to stop the civil war. John Wilkes Booth as he was known as a professional actor before the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Today his life is often forgotten and is also overlooked in schools around the world
John Wilkes Booth was born on May 10, 1838 in a log house. The family home was on property near Bel Air, Maryland, twenty- five miles south of the Mason- Dixon line. Elder brother Edwin supervised his younger brother's upbringing. Later Edwin and older sister Asia would write about their eccentric brother's behavior.
When finishing a year of school at a picnic he told his sister Asia he went to a fortune teller a couple weeks before and the fortune teller told him " Your life will be a short one and a victorious one at that. You will accomplish most of everything you set your mind too. ( this might sound a little bit weird, but she's a " fortune teller") This might have set a tick in his psychotic mind that maybe he thought that he could do anything he wanted to do. ( Dort, Aaron)
Francis Wilson, who wrote a biography of Booth in 1929, stated that Booth opened his stage career in 1855 at the Charles Street Theatre in Baltimore. He began performing on a regular basis two years later. Once Booth started upon his acting career, he wanted the comparisons between himself and his late father to Cease. It was a common practice of theater companies to retain actors who would complement a touring, star figure. Booth eventually became one the these star figures, with stock companies for one and two week engagements. Often a different play was performed each night, requiring Booth to stay up studying his new role until dawn, when he would rise and make his way to the theater for rehearsal.
Booth began his stock theater appearances in 1857 at Weatley's Arch Street Theatre in Philadelphia (the center for theater in this country at the time). According to one biographer,( Can't remember the name of biographer) Booth studied intently in Philadelphia, but author Gordon Samples writes that Booth's lack of confidence did not help his theatrical career.
William S. Fredericks, the acting and stage manager at the Arch Street Theatre, said the new actor did not show promise as a great actor. This negative opinion was also held by other Philadelphia company actors. They said Booth, who was 19, had no future as an actor. In September of 1858, Booth moved to Richmond, Virginia for a season of stock at the old Marshall Theatre. He became more confident as an actor, and was popular with his audiences. At the same time Booth became more devoted of the southern way of life, which helped to refine his southern political views. Booth also attended many important social functions in Richmond .
Booth briefly left the Richmond Theatre Company in 1859. He joined the Richmond Grays, gaining his only official military experience. He enlisted on November 20, 1859 with the sole intention of witnessing the December hanging of the fiery abolitionist John Brown in Charles Town, Virginia. Soon after witnessing Brown's hanging, Booth left for Richmond where he was discharged. During the Civil War, Booth said he promised his mother that he would not join the Confederate army. Booth did however, undertake some action to support the Confederacy. According to some reports, Booth was actively engaged in smuggling medical supplies to Confederate forces in 1864.
Many people who came in contact with Booth mentioned the magnetism and power of his eyes. Sir Charles Wyndham, a fine comedian who witnessed the acting exploits of both Booth and his brother Edwin, wrote that Booth's "... eyes were striking features, but when his emotions were aroused they were like living jewels. Flames shot from them." (Brinkley,P 2/3)
Booth was frequently seen in the company of many women, often in the arms of Ellen Starr, who was in Washington at the time of the Lincoln assassination. Miss Starr was but