The Judicial Murder of Mary E. Surratt

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Mary Elizabeth Jenkins Surratt (1820 or May 1823 - July 7, 1865) was an American boarding house owner who was convicted of taking part in the conspiracy to assassinate President Abraham Lincoln. Sentenced to death, she was hanged, becoming the first white woman executed by the United States federal government. Surratt was the mother of John H. Surratt, Jr., who was later tried but was not convicted of involvement in the assassination
On July 7, 1865, Mary Surratt was hanged ...
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The Judicial Murder of Mary E. Surratt

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Overview

Mary Elizabeth Jenkins Surratt (1820 or May 1823 - July 7, 1865) was an American boarding house owner who was convicted of taking part in the conspiracy to assassinate President Abraham Lincoln. Sentenced to death, she was hanged, becoming the first white woman executed by the United States federal government. Surratt was the mother of John H. Surratt, Jr., who was later tried but was not convicted of involvement in the assassination
On July 7, 1865, Mary Surratt was hanged alongside three others convicted of playing a part in the plot to assassinate Abraham Lincoln. Her story served as the inspiration for the new movie "The Conspirator"-but to many she remains a shadowy, if not entirely unknown, footnote in Civil War history. Who was Mary Elizabeth Jenkins Surratt, an alleged collaborator in the plot to kill the country's 16th president?
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  • ISBN-13: 9781507784372
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/30/2015
  • Pages: 124
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.26 (d)

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David Miller De Witt (November 25, 1837 - June 23, 1912) was a U.S. Representative from New York.
Born in Paterson, New Jersey, De Witt moved to New York in 1845 with his parents, who settled in Brooklyn. He attended the public schools of Brooklyn, a select school at Saugerties, and the local academy at Kingston. He was graduated from Rutgers College, New Brunswick, New Jersey, in 1858. He studied law. He was admitted to the bar in 1858 and commenced practice in Kingston, New York. Principal of New Paltz Academy (later a State normal school) in 1861 and 1862. He served as district attorney of Ulster County 1863-1870. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection.

De Witt was elected as a Democrat to the Forty-third Congress (March 4, 1873 - March 3, 1875). He was not a candidate for renomination. He resumed the practice of law and also engaged in literary pursuits. He served as assistant corporation counsel of Brooklyn, New York from 1878 to 1881. He was a member of the New York State Assembly (Ulster Co., 2nd D.) in 1883. Corporation counsel of Kingston in 1884. Surrogate of Ulster County from November 20, 1885, to December 31, 1886. He again engaged in the practice of law. He died in Kingston, New York, June 23, 1912. He was interred in Wiltwyck Rural Cemetery.

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    An absorbing read

    A well argued and informative investigation into a notorious case.Whatever one's personal stance on this issue,this addition to the body of literature on the subject makes for a very interesting read.

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