When an eyewitness to President Lincoln’s assassination appeared on a 1956 television game show.

In 1956, on an episode of the then-popular game show “I’ve Got a Secret,” 96-year-old Samuel J. Seymour, whispered to the show’s host Garry Moore: “I saw John Wilkes Booth shoot Abraham Lincoln.” over ninety years earlier, at Washington D.C.’s Ford Theatre.

At the time the show was filmed in 1956, he was the only living witness to the assassination of Abraham Lincoln on April 14, 1865. As a five-year-old boy, his godmother took him to Ford’s Theatre and it was then he heard the shot ring out on that fateful night for former President Lincoln. His most vivid memory of that night was seeing John Wilkes Booth falling off the balcony after the shooting.

Ironically, Mr. Seymour died just two months after being on the tv show and 91 years to the day that he witnessed the historical assassination.


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