The Last Living Person To Witness The Lincoln Assassination Tells Us Exactly What He Saw That Day

 

Anniversaries are one of the most common trigger points for memories to be revisited. An antiquated television broadcasting system covering an even further bygone moment in history is trending right now. A flurry of views have come from this video because it deals with an especially rare aspect of the Lincoln assassination. From a 1950’s game show, we hear and see the last eyewitness testimonial of that famous event in history.

This is the Deringer pistol that was recovered from the state box at the Ford Theater and used by John Wilkes Booth to assassinate President Abraham Lincoln in 1865.  (AP Photo/FBI)

This is the Deringer pistol that was recovered from the state box at the Ford Theater and used by John Wilkes Booth to assassinate President Abraham Lincoln in 1865. (AP Photo/FBI)

Back in 1956, a 96 year old man made his way onto a game show. Broadcast in black and white with a set adorned by a cigarette ad, he was to answer questions about a secret he hid from the celebrity guests. Even though the grainy footage, we can view Samuel J. Seymour fielding their questions. By the time it got around to actress Jayne Meadows, she was hovering around the elusive fact. With one final question, it became clear that Mr. Seymour was a witness to Abraham Lincoln’s death.

Reserved mostly for artistic effect, black and white television etched in our minds just how long ago this testimonial took place. Fifty years ago, the viewing audience saw the man who was there when John Wilkes Booth fired that bullet. To that broadcast and beyond, it haunted him as he dozed in his rocking chair. One of the final testimonials of a personal witness of the 16th President of the United States.

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