John Wilkes Booth Makes His Acting Debut at Ford’s Theatre

Before he committed his heinous act at Ford’s Theatre, John Wilkes Booth actually performed on stage. On Monday, November 2nd, 1863, he made his acting debut at Ford’s Theatre. Below is an advertisement that we found in the Daily National Republican, printed on October 31st.

John Wilkes Booth at Ford's Theatre
John Wilkes Booth at Ford’s Theatre

Source: Library of Congress

His days acting at Ford’s Theatre surely provided him with the knowledge of the building needed to make his escape.

Also, don’t forget to check out what our sister site in Baltimore dug up on Booth’s debut in that city.

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Tom founded Ghosts of DC on January 4th, 2012 as a blog to uncover the lost and untold history of Washington, D.C. He has lived in the city for over a decade and loves exploring every corner of the District.

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