President Abraham Lincoln, who was shot on April 14th, 1865 by John Wilkes Booth in Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C., just five days after the surrender of the Civil War's Confederate leader, General Lee. He died the following morning
"With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow and his orphan - to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations." - Abraham Lincoln
William Wallace Lincoln, 11-year-old son of Abraham and Mary, died at the White House on February 20, 1862. He apparently died of Typhus, contracted by contaminated water. Elizabeth Keckly, the former slave who designed Mrs. Lincoln's beautiful wardrobe, washed and dressed him. When the President gazed at him, he mourned, "My poor boy, he was too good for this earth. God has called him home..."
A closeup of a photo taken at Abraham Lincoln's second Inauguration (March 4, 1865). Amongst the on-lookers was John Wilkes Booth, the man who would kill Lincoln just over one month later. Each man is circled.
Wow... just wow. Flora Stewart was 117 years old when this photo was taken in New Hampshire in 1867. That means she was born in 1750. She saw this country founded and lived to see the Revolutionary War, the Civil War and the end of slavery. She saw George Washington and Abraham Lincoln as Presidents. And look at her: as regal as any Queen who ever reigned.
In 1956 the last surviving person who was in Ford's Theatre the night of the assassination passed away. His name was Samuel J. Seymour. He was 96 years old when he died. He lived in Arlington, Virginia. At age 5 his godmother, Mrs. George S. Goldsborough, had taken him to see Our American Cousin. The two sat in the balcony on the side opposite Lincoln's box.