Random Fact of the Day: Booth Saved Lincoln’s Life

Posted: August 4, 2010 in Randomosity

Via HistoryNet and OMG Facts:

That is… Edwin Booth, brother of John Wilkes Booth, saved the life of Robert Lincoln, Abraham Lincoln’s son.

The incident occurred just over 1 year before the Lincoln Assassination in a New Jersey train station.

Robert Lincoln, who was pushed up against a train by a large crowd, fell into the platform gap. Suddenly, he was lifted by his coat collar to safety by none other than Edwin Booth, a famous Shakespearean actor.

Edwin Booth, unlike his brother, was a Lincoln supporter and a strict Unionist.

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