John Surratt

Accused of Involvement In Assassination of Abraham Lincoln
Born Apr 13, 1844

John Harrison Surratt, Jr. was accused of plotting with John Wilkes Booth to kidnap U.S. president Abraham Lincoln and suspected of involvement in the Abraham Lincoln assassination. His mother Mary Surratt was convicted of conspiracy and hanged by the United States Federal Government. She owned the boarding house where Booth and fellow conspirators planned the scheme. John Harrison Surratt, Jr.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of John Surratt.


His baptism took place in 1844 at St. Peter's Church, Washington, D.C. In 1861, Surratt was enrolled at St. Charles College, where he was studying for the priesthood and also where he met Louis Weichmann.


1862 18 Years Old When his father suddenly died in 1862, John Jr. was appointed the postmaster for Surrattsville, Maryland. … Read More


1864 20 Years Old Surratt served as a Confederate Secret Service courier and spy and had been carrying dispatches about Union troop movements across the Potomac River for some time. Dr. Samuel Mudd introduced Surratt to John Wilkes Booth on December 23, 1864, and Surratt agreed to help Booth kidnap Abraham Lincoln. … Read More
On March 17, 1865, Surratt and Booth, along with their comrades, waited in ambush for Lincoln's carriage to leave the Campbell General Hospital and return to Washington. … Read More
1866 22 Years Old 1 More Event
An old friend, Henri Beaumont de Sainte-Marie, recognized Surratt and notified papal officials and Rufus King, U.S. minister in Rome. On November 7, 1866, John Surratt was arrested and sent to Velletri prison. … Read More
1867 23 Years Old He returned to the United States on the USS Swatara, which delivered John Surratt, still in his Pontifical Zouaves uniform, to the Washington Navy Yard in early 1867. … Read More
1870 26 Years Old Surratt tried to farm tobacco, then taught at the Rockville Female Academy. In 1870, as one of the last surviving members of the conspiracy, Surratt began a much-heralded public lecture tour. … Read More
1872 28 Years Old 1 More Event
Surratt later took a job as a teacher in St. Joseph Catholic School in Emmitsburg, Maryland. In 1872, Surratt married Mary Victorine Hunter, a second cousin of Francis Scott Key. … Read More


1914 70 Years Old Surratt retired from the steamship line in 1914, and died of pneumonia on April 21, 1916, at the age of 72. … Read More
1916 72 Years Old Died on April 21, 1916.
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