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Booth, John Wilkes (10 May 1838–26 April 1865), actor and assassin of President Abraham Lincoln, actor and assassin of President Abraham Lincoln, was born near Bel Air in Harford County, Maryland, the son of Junius Brutus Booth, an actor, and Mary Ann Holmes. His grandfather, Richard Booth, named him after John Wilkes, the British reformer. As a child Booth dabbled in acting, as did some of his brothers and several neighborhood boys, both at the Booth country home, “Tudor Hall,” and at their town house in Baltimore. Booth’s father actively discouraged his children from entering the theatrical profession, but he toured extensively and died on the road when John was only fourteen....

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Mudd, Samuel Alexander (21 December 1833–10 January 1883), alleged conspirator in the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, alleged conspirator in the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, was born in Charles County, Maryland, the son of Henry Lowe Mudd and Sarah Ann Reeves, tobacco planters. The ancestral Mudds of Maryland were among the most prominent citizens in Charles County, which they had named and inhabited since the 1600s. Samuel grew up on the tobacco plantation of his father, “Oak Hill,” and was tutored at home for most of his early life, attending school in nearby Bryantown only briefly....