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John Wilkes Booth was born on May 10 1838 on a farm near Bel Air Maryland He was the 9th of 10 children and one of the more remembered ones John Asia and Edwin His family was of British origins they had moved there in 1821 John Wilkes Booth attended private schools all his life as a child and was enrolled in a Quaker boarding school When he got older he went to St Timothys Hall an Episcopal military academy in Cantonsville Maryland When Booths father died in 1852 he went back to the family farm to help out but according to his sister Asia Booth Clarke he did not want to be there He would often talk of fame and how he wanted to be like his father Star of the Stage Booths first stage debut was at the age of 17 in the role of The Earl of Richmond in Shakespeares Richard III it would be two years before he would be on the stage again He played stock in Philadelphia but wasnt very good at it He forgot his lines often and missed his cues all the time But determined he eventually became a member of the Richmond Theater It was there in Richmond that he became enamored with the southern way of life It was also there that his career gained momentum they called him the handsomest man in America In 1864 Booth devised a scheme to kidnap Abraham Lincoln in Washington The plan was to take Lincoln to Richmond and hold him until he could be exchanged for Confederate Army prisoners of war Others involved in the plot included Lewis Powell George Atzerodt John Surratt David Herold Michael OLaughlin and Samuel Arnold Booth decided to carry out the deed on 17th March 1865 when Lincoln was planning to attend a play at the Seventh Street Hospital that was situated on the outskirts of Washington The kidnap attempt was
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