portrait of John Wilkes Booth

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.

Ghosts of DC via Email
Want to get our great content sent to you by email? Sign up here and we'll stay in touch!