What was the last thing John Wilkes Booth Said To Abraham Lincoln?

haleybrooke044 asked:

I have to do a project on it but i cant find anything on google about it.
There’s tons of info about the assination but not the last thing John Wilkes Booth said to him after the assination. Im pretty sure it was in latin or somethin and i have to translate it.

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10 Responses to “What was the last thing John Wilkes Booth Said To Abraham Lincoln?”

  1. Rtrevino1993 says:

    The last thing LINCOLN said was to Mary. She had inquired about “What will Miss Harris think about my hanging onto you so?” (She had placed her hand on Lincoln’s arms moments ago and left it there.) Lincoln replied: “She wont think nothing of it.”; Pertaining to John Wilkes Booth, he shouted “Sic semper Tyrannis” (thus always to Tyrants) AFTER he shot Lincoln, and this was not directed to the wounded Lincoln but the audience of Northerners. The last thing Booth said, so it is said, was “Useless” when he picked up his hands to look at them after he lay on the ground in the barn he was shot in.

  2. Emily P says:

    He yelled “Sic Semper Tyrannis” which is “Thus always to tyrants” in latin. he didn’t directly tell Lincoln that, but yelled that as he jumped from Lincoln’s statebox in Ford’s theater after he had shot him.


  3. wmayers99 says:

    They never spoke to one another. However, as he leapt from the President’s box in Ford’s Theater after firing the fatal shot, Booth shouted “Sic semper tyrannis!” – latin for “Thus ever to tyrants!”

  4. rickenbanger says:

    “Sic Semper Tyrannis” (Thus always to Tyrants) which is the state motto of Virginia and “Virginia is avenged!” As a Civil War historian, I’ve researched this quite a bit. There were several eyewitness accounts that differed slightly in content but those two phrases were the most recurrent in the accounts. The phrases weren’t spoken to Lincoln specifically, but to the audience in Fords Theater.

  5. bronco says:

    after he shot lincoln and jumped to the stage. he yelled “sic semper tyrannis” which is latin for thus always to tyrants. which was also said by brutus at caesar’s assassination. another reason he said sic semper tyrannis is because its the virginia state motto. some say he added the south is avenged before running off stage

  6. Max Well says:

    Witnesses reported that after he shot Lincoln, he jumped to the stage then shouted ” Sic semper tyrannis “, Latin for Thus always to tyrants. Some reported that he added The South is avenged.

  7. bigforkminnesota says:

    I don’t know that Booth said it *to* Lincoln, but after he shot him, he yelled, “Sic Semper Tyrannis”, which means “Thus always to tyrants”.

  8. Brooke K says:

    “Such is the fate of tyrants”
    except it was in latin

  9. cjray4 says:

    I don’t know that he ever said anything to him. He just shot him.

  10. B. Nash says:

    Booth didn’t say anything to Lincoln. As soon as the bullet entered the President’s brain he never heard another word. Booth shouted his infamous line (or lines) out to the audience-not to Lincoln.

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