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Running Head: ABRAHAM LINCOLN'S ASSASSINATION1Abraham Lincoln's AssassinationNameInstitutional Affiliation
ABRAHAM LINCOLN'S ASSASSINATION2Abraham Lincoln's AssassinationBorn on 12th February 1809, Abraham Lincoln was the sixteenth president of the UnitedStates. Lincoln got married to Mary Todd on 4th November 1802. 1832 was a year of Abrahams’downfall. During that year, Abraham was a candidate for the state’s legislature. However, he didnot succeed. Later in the same year, Lincoln was the newly appointed postmaster of Salem.Lincoln later became Salem’s country surveyor. Notably, Lincoln ran for the legislature ofIllinois, but all was in vain. After a period of two years, he was voted to the Lower House as aWhig and remained in power for four years. After his term, Lincoln decided to vie for the USpresidency and join the Republican Party that was just newly formed. After being chosen tocompete against John C. Breckenridge, Lincoln won the election and was the new president ofthe United States. After the president got into power Booth was not happy with Lincoln’sleadership and decided to plot how he would kill him. Booth and his fellow assassins’ initial plans were to kidnap the president. The threefellows (Booth, Powell, and Atzerodt) discussed how they would kidnap Lincoln. The presidentwould be held, taken to Richmond and seized in exchange for the soldiers in the prison camps.Booth started hiring a gang of conspirators. After several months, Booth had already hired LewisPowell, George Atzerodt, Michael O Laughlen, David Herold, Samuel Arnold, and John Surratt.On 15th March 1865, Booth met with his group at Gautier’s Restaurant in Pennsylvania (Frade,2016).Since Abraham was fond of watching performances in theaters, Booth learned that on17th March 1865, Lincoln would be attending a play at Campbell’s hospital near Washington.Booth thought that was the set time to kidnap the president, but he later learned that the presidentwould not be attending the show.
ABRAHAM LINCOLN'S ASSASSINATION3On 11th April Lincoln presented his last speech at the white house. Booth, Powell, andHerold were among the audience. Booth was irritated by the president’s speech on giving theformer slaves their rights. Booth was angered by this and said that was Lincoln’s last speech. On14th April, Booth went to Ford Theatre to collect his mail and learned that the president was to