"Sic semper tyrannis!"
―John Wilkes Booth after assassinating Abraham Lincoln, 1865.[src]
John Wilkes Booth

John Wilkes Booth

John Wilkes Booth (10 May 1838 – 26 April 1865) was an American stage actor and affiliate of the Templar Order, who plotted and successfully executed the murder of American President Abraham Lincoln.


In April 1865, with the Confederate Army losing the American Civil War, Booth planned the murder of President Lincoln along with several other political figures. However, only Booth was successful, shooting Lincoln in the back of the head before fleeing the scene.

Twelve days later, Booth was cornered by federal troops in northern Virginia, but refused to surrender. The soldiers set fire to the barn, and in the confusion, Booth was killed by the Assassins.


  • Booth once portrayed the Roman general Marcus Antonius in a production of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar; additionally, his father and brother, both fellow actors, were both named Junius Brutus, after Caesar's assassin.