The Last Surviving Witness of the Lincoln Assassination Appears on a Game Show (1956)




Let’s rewind the videotape to 1956, to Samuel James Seymour’s appearance on the CBS television show, “I’ve Got a Secret.” At 96 years of age, Seymour was the last surviving person present at Ford’s Theater the night Abraham Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth (April 14, 1865).

Only five years old at the time, Mr. Seymour traveled with his father to Washington D.C. on a business trip, where they attended a performance of Our American Cousin. The youngster caught a quick glimpse of the president, the play began, and the rest … as they say … is history.

A quick footnote: Samuel Seymour died two months after his TV appearance. His longevity had something to do, I’d think, with declining those Winstons over the years.

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