Lincoln’s Death, New Nation: April 1865 to 1877

Lincoln’s Assassination

Was Booth as great a womanizer as the stories indicate?

Darkly handsome and quite daring—he was constantly injuring himself on stage—John Wilkes Booth was a successful womanizer. No one knows how many women he bedded, but given his predilection for prostitutes, as well as a desire to marry “up,” there were probably quite a few. When he was down on his luck, especially where money was concerned, John Wilkes Booth was bailed out by his female admirers. He was with one of them on the evening of April 11, 1865, when Lincoln gave a speech at the White House. On hearing Lincoln’s words, Booth said, “That means nigger citizenship. Now I’ll finish him.”


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