John Wilkes Booth

1838 - 1865

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John Wilkes Booth (May 10, 1838 – April 26, 1865) was an American stage actor who assassinated United States President Abraham Lincoln at Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C., on April 14, 1865. A member of the prominent 19th-century Booth theatrical family from Maryland, he was a noted actor who was also a Confederate sympathizer; denouncing President Lincoln, he lamented the then-recent abolition of slavery in the United States. Originally, Booth and his small group of conspirators had plotted to kidnap Lincoln to aid the Confederate cause. They later decided to murder him, as well as Vice President Andrew Johnson and Secretary of State William H. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of John Wilkes Booth has received more than 11,080,923 page views. His biography is available in 54 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 53 in 2019). John Wilkes Booth is the 4th most popular extremist (down from 2nd in 2019), the 60th most popular biography from United States (down from 47th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular American Extremist.

John Wilkes Booth was most famous for assassinating Abraham Lincoln.

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Among extremists, John Wilkes Booth ranks 4 out of 283Before him are Jack the Ripper, Lee Harvey Oswald, and Zodiac Killer. After him are Osama bin Laden, Gavrilo Princip, Elizabeth Báthory, Charles Manson, Ted Bundy, Herostratus, Gilles de Rais, and Man in the Iron Mask.

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Among people born in 1838, John Wilkes Booth ranks 2Before him is Georges Bizet. After him are Ernst Mach, Ferdinand von Zeppelin, Max Bruch, Jan Matejko, Luís I of Portugal, Tobias Asser, Ernest Solvay, Franz Brentano, Émile Loubet, and Léon Gambetta. Among people deceased in 1865, John Wilkes Booth ranks 2Before him is Abraham Lincoln. After him are Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, Ignaz Semmelweis, Leopold I of Belgium, Emil Lenz, William Rowan Hamilton, Anna Pavlovna of Russia, Johann Franz Encke, Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston, Nicholas Alexandrovich, Tsesarevich of Russia, and Christian Jürgensen Thomsen.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, John Wilkes Booth ranks 60 out of 20,380Before him are Joseph Smith (1805), Andy Warhol (1928), Howard Hughes (1905), Robert Frost (1874), Henry Ford (1863), and Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890). After him are George W. Bush (1946), Bette Davis (1908), Marlon Brando (1924), Stanley Kubrick (1928), Bill Gates (1955), and Danny DeVito (1944).

Among EXTREMISTS In United States

Among extremists born in United States, John Wilkes Booth ranks 3Before him are Lee Harvey Oswald (1939), and Zodiac Killer (1940). After him are Charles Manson (1934), Ted Bundy (1946), Jeffrey Dahmer (1960), John Wayne Gacy (1942), Ted Kaczynski (1942), Ed Gein (1906), Albert Fish (1870), H. H. Holmes (1861), and Jim Jones (1931).