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portrait of John Wilkes Booth

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

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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
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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.

READ:  Front Page News 110 Years Ago Today

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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