Skip to comments.TV appearance of Lincoln assassination witness
Posted on 08/12/2011 9:55:41 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets
See video at link. Wonderful
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Yeah right!!!!!! Everyone knows they didn’t have TV back in the 1700s!!!!!
Well, the brilliant Joe Biden assures us that after the Wall Street Plunge, President Roosevelt went television to reassure the American people. Not that anyone had TV and Roosevelt wasn’t President. Other than that it’s plausible.
"Winston Cigarettes taste good like a cigarette should."
I love how he didn’t smoke cigarettes so they gave him some pipe tobacco! LOL.
This is so funny...they offered the old guy a carton of Winstons and he said he doesn’t smoke cigarettes, just a pipe, so they gave him a can of Prince Albert! The good old days!
Incredible. Mind boggling to realize a witness survived that long into the twentieth century. I was born in 1955 and I remember seeing this program on TV (not this particular episode) maybe in 1959 or 1960. (Or something like it.) I do think I remember the host of the show. I certainly remember the black & white TVs!
Nor did they have Lincoln back in the 1700's.
It just shows how short American history really was. That a person that saw that lived on into the Space Age.
So it is conceivable that a Gen Y’s parents might have shaken the hand of a person that saw Lincoln shot.
Germany Bombed Pearl Harbor and we still have survivors of that day.
25 years ago I lived in New Jersey next to an old guy. Out in the country, just up the road from the old Edison Cement Factory (then just a few walls still standing). I would mow his yard, and then have a beer and chat. He would talk about the old days.
He used to work at the cement factory as a kid. Would measure the cement for weight, clean up, and bring Tommy his sandwiches when he was there. Also was Tommy’s errand boy for other things.
After a few evenings of these conversations it finally struck me. “Tommy? You mean Thomas Edison!!!???” (”Well who the h&*$ to you think I’ve been talking about!?”)
If Lincoln was assassinated in 1865 and the IGAS show was filmed in 1956, then the eyewitness would have necessarily been 90 years old if he was taken to Ford’s Theatre as a newborn. To be old enough to witness and remember the event, he would need to be a few years older than that.
And, of course, people in their 90s are often found to have faulty memories so...
Or so you think. That's part of the conspiracy.
I remember that show well growing up. What an amazing piece of video history.
He was 96 and he was 5 when he was at Ford’s Theater.
If you watched the entire clip he said he wasn’t aware of what happened to Lincoln, he did see Booth jump to the stage where he broke his leg and that was his most vivid memory.
1956-1865=91 years. He was 5yo at the time (born in 1860). Nothing disputable here.
He was 5 years old and he didn’t know the president had been shot. What he saw was Booth jumping from the balcony into the president’s viewing box. He thought the guy had fallen. (Booth broke his leg in the process.)
It was never proven that Booth broke his leg when jumping on stage. He was able to run off stage and mount his horse on that leg. However, his horse fell on him later that night and only after that was there any evidence of an injury.
He was born in 1860 and was five years old when he witnessed the assassination. If you watch the clip, he says that all he remembers is someone falling from the balcony and hurting his leg. He was more concerned about the man who hurt his leg, not understanding that the President had been shot.
I love that too. Smoked a pipe all his life and lived to 96. Remember kids, smoking kills!
At age five, Seymour's godmother, Mrs. George S. Goldsboro, took him to see Our American Cousin. He claimed the two sat in the balcony on the side opposite Lincoln's box. Seymour reported that "I complained tearfully that I couldn't get out of the coach because my shirt was torn-anything to delay the dread moment-but Sarah (nurse Sarah Cook) dug into her bag and found a big safety pin. I shook so hard from fright, it caused Sarah to accidentally stab me with the pin. I hollered 'I've been shot! I've been shot!'."
Once in the theater Seymour settled down. He saw the President across the balcony as he was waving and smiling at people. Seymour said "I began to get over the scared feeling I'd had ever since we arrived in Washington, but that was something I never should have done. All of a sudden a shot rang out-a shot that always will be remembered-and someone in the President's box screamed. I saw Lincoln slumped forward in his seat." Seymour did not actually see the assassination but did witness Lincoln's assassin John Wilkes Booth jump off the balcony and break his leg. In fact, he revealed that because he did not know Lincoln was shot or that Booth had shot him, his real concern was for Booth breaking his leg as he mentioned February 9, 1956 on the TV show "I've Got a Secret".
Two months before his death at age 96, he appeared on the CBS TV quiz show I've Got a Secret as a mystery subject, in an episode in which Lucille Ball made an unusual appearance as a guest panelist. Seymour died ninety-one years to the day of Lincoln's assassination, at the home of Mrs. Irene (Horn) Hendley, his daughter in Arlington, Va. He had been in failing health since February when he fell in a New York City hotel while preparing to appear on "I've Got A Secret". He came on the show with his left eye swollen. Garry Moore had suggested he not appear, but Seymour insisted.
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Thanks Lonesome in Massachussets.
I was born the same year as you, and I remember that tv show “What’s My Line”. Wasn’t the host Gary Moore?
OOPS! That show was “I’ve Got a Secret”!
Nah; back then, Lincoln & Mercury weren't even a glimmer in Ford's eye.
That would make Mr. Seymour 151 today.
Did anybody ask him “outside of that, how was the play?”
This is a keeper!
Thanks for posting this! What a reminder that our country is incredibly young.
I visited Ford’s Theater and saw a couple of plays there, on different occasions. Lincoln’s balcony was cordoned off and had a banner affixed to it. There was a small museum of Lincoln memorabilia on the premises. Ford’s Theater lay vacant for many years and was only restored to its original use in the late 1960s.
Whoa! Thanks for the ping to this one. Amazing life span.
He was in his his teens when Little Big Horn happened and nearly 20 when the light bulb was invented. He was in his 40’s when the Wright Brothers flew. Of grandfatherly age (mid 50’s) during WWI. The year after his death, the Soviets launched Sputnik into orbit.
Remarkable to consider that a man’s life could span all of those events.
As I recall [I was 5 at the time] she said that Lincoln had a very high-pitched nasal voice with very much of a Hoosier accent.
An example of the latter is seeing a bright green, tiled wall while cradled in someones arms. It isn't a vivid, detailed memory, just a flash. I was in the hospital twice as a child. Once for tonsils at 18 months (doubtful) and once for eating a bottle of baby aspirin when I was about 3.
It is easy for me to accept this woman's memory is accurate. But my grandmother would say she only heard someone talking about it.:)
It is easy for me to accept this woman's memory is accurate
It is easy for me to accept this gentleman's memory as accurate.
Thank you for posting the additional info about Mr. Seymour. I’m glad that he persisted and that his video clip survives.
Incredible! Thanks for a fascinating post!
Hello? Do you have Prince Albert in a can? Well then . . . .
I knew a woman (she died in the early 1990s at the age of 101) who had a friend many years before who had seen Abraham Lincoln in the flesh.
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