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Ford’s Theater: The Site of Multiple Tragedies

Ford’s Theater: The Site of Multiple Tragedies


Stephen A. Hansen

The InTowner, April 14, 2015


On April 14, 1865, 150 years ago this month, John Wilkes Booth fatally shot President Abraham Lincoln at Ford’s Theater. Only three years before, the theater had been gutted by fire, and 28 years after the assassination of Lincoln, another fatal tragedy would befall the notorious building. This disaster was the cause of one of the greatest losses of human life in Washington in the 19th century.