10 Weird Facts about John Wilkes Booth Not in History Books!

10 Weird Facts about John Wilkes Booth Not in History Books!
10 Weird Facts about John Wilkes Booth & Abraham Lincoln's Assassination

10 Weird Facts about John Wilkes Booth that aren’t in History Books!

Abraham Lincoln is one of the most famous, if not the most famous, people in the history of the United States.

Because of this, his assassin John Wilkes Booth has become nearly as famous as Lincoln himself.

In high school history, we are all taught the story of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination by John Wilkes Booth. However there are weird facts about John Wilkes Booth that have been kept out of the history books. Today, you’ll learn 10 Weird Facts about John Wilkes Booth that aren’t in History Books!

1. John Wilkes Booth was the “Sexiest Man Alive”

John Wilkes Booth was the "Sexiest Man Alive"

John Wilkes Booth was a well-known A-list actor, considered equivalent in status to Leonardo DiCaprio. He was a heartthrob and named “Sexiest Man Alive.”

John Wilkes Booth is said to be the first actor to have his clothes torn by fans. His good looks and charm made him an early American heartthrob.

2. Abraham Lincoln’s bodyguard wasn’t at his post!

Abraham Lincoln's bodyguard wasn't at his post!

Lincoln’s bodyguard, a drunk previously reprimanded for drinking on the job, was not at his post to protect POTUS the night Lincoln died. Instead, he was at the Star Saloon next door drinking; the same saloon where John Wilkes Booth was seeking the liquid courage to assassinate the President.

3. Edwin Booth, the brother of John Wilkes Booth saved Abraham Lincoln’s son’s life

Edwin Booth, the brother of John Wilkes Booth saved Abraham Lincoln's son's life

10 Weird Facts about John Wilkes Booth Not in History Books!
Edwin Booth

Abraham Lincoln’s son, Robert, was once saved from being hit by a train when a man grabbed him off the tracks. The man was Edwin Booth, brother of John Wilkes Booth.

If you’re interested in this fact, I wrote about it in detail in JOHN WILKES BOOTH’S BROTHER SAVED THE LIFE OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN’S SON

4. John Wilkes Booth Co conspirators got cold feet!

John Wilkes Booth co-conspirators got cold feet and did not assassinate Andrew Johnson
Andrew Jackson looks like Tommy Lee Jones

On the night that John Wilkes Booth assassinated Abraham Lincoln, his co-conspirator was supposed to assassinate Vice President Andrew Johnson. The co-conspirator lost his nerve and got drunk instead.

5. Abraham Lincoln noticing something wasn’t right about John Wilkes Booth!

Abraham Lincoln noticing something wasn't right about John Wilkes Booth!

A few days before delivering the Gettysburg Address, Lincoln saw John Wilkes Booth perform as a villain in a play at Ford’s Theatre. Someone told Lincoln, “He almost seems to be reciting these lines to you.” To which Lincoln replied,

“He does talk very sharp at me, doesn’t he?”

6. Photograph showing both of John Wilkes Booth and Abraham Lincoln!

Photographs showing both of John Wilkes Booth and Abraham Lincoln!
John Wilkes Booth is circled in Red!

There is a photograph featuring both Abraham Lincoln and John Wilkes Booth. It was taken one month before the assassination, at Lincoln’s 2nd Presidential Inauguration. Booth wrote in his diary afterward:

“What an excellent chance I had, if I wished, to kill the President on Inauguration day”

From the diary of John Wilkes Booth

Did you know Abraham Lincoln was a championship wrestler

7. John wilkes booth’s Gravestone!

John wilkes booth's Gravestone!

Green Mount Cemetery in Baltimore, where John Wilkes Booth is buried, visitors often leave pennies (which feature President Lincoln’s face) on the Booth family monument.

8. The man who killed John wilkes Booth!

Boston Corbett

Boston Corbett, the soldier who killed John Wilkes Booth, castrated himself with a pair of scissors so he could resist the temptations of women.

9. The plan was to also assassinate Ulysses S. Grant!

The plan was to also assassinate Ulysses S. Grant!

Ulysses S. Grant was also planned to be assassinated along with Abraham Lincoln by John Wilkes Booth, but did not attend the play at Ford Theater because their wives were not on good terms.

10. Abraham Lincoln was shot while laughing!

Laughing lincoln

When shooting Lincoln, John Wilkes Booth timed his shot so that the noise would be masked by the audience’s laughter. Being an actor, he knew the play Lincoln was watching by heart. Lincoln was laughing when shot.

Bonus Weird Fact about John Wilkes Booth!

John Wilkes booth image

John Wilkes Booth is said to be the first actor to have his clothes torn by fans. His good looks and charm made him an early American heartthrob.