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Samuel A.Mudd papers

 Collection — Box: 62
Identifier: MS-SC1085

Scope and Contents

Letter, Sept. 1865 to Major George E. Wentworth expressing regret for attempted escape. Two letters to his wife, Frank, discuss family affairs, work in the prison, his longing for home, President Johnson and efforts to be pardoned. One letter from Jere Dyer to his sister Frank, Mudd's wife, discuss his efforts to help the doctor and family affairs. Dr. Mudd's pardon, signed by President Andrew Johnson. Letter, Sept. 1906, from Mudd's daughter Nettie to Alton B. Parker regarding her "prospectus" on the life of her father.

Dates

  • Created: 1865 - 1906

Creator

Biographical / Historical

Physician who lived with his wife and children on a farm near Bryantown, Maryland at the time of President Lincoln's assassination and treated John Wilkes Booth after the murder. He was convicted of conspiring with the killers because he had set Booth's broken leg during the assassin's flight. While on Tortugas Island he worked as the prison doctor during the yellow fever epidemic. President Andrew Johnson pardoned him in 1869, and in 1979 a presidential proclamation cleared his name. He was elected to the Maryland Legislature in 1876.

Extent

1 folder (1 folder : .5 linear inches (.042 linear feet)) : 6 items

Language of Materials

English