Dr. Samuel Mudd

The level of involvement Dr. Samuel Mudd had in the Lincoln assassination and kidnapping plots is a very debated topic. Among expert historians and novice history buffs, the evidence proves both sides, depending on the level of trust you give each witnesses testimony.  Mudd was born and raised in Maryland in the Charles County area. He went to college first at Georgetown in D.C., then transferred to the University of Maryland to study medicine, graduating in 1856.


He began practicing medicine back in his hometown, just five miles outside of Bryantown, Maryland. In addition, he started a farm on the large amount of land he owned. He married Sarah Frances Dyer in 1857 and the couple had four children over the next seven years. Like the majority of the conspirators, Booth was a known Confederate sympathizer. He agreed with slavery and didn't care for President Lincoln. This however, does nothing to prove his true involvement.


There is strong evidence that Dr. Mudd first met John Wilkes Booth in November 1864, approximately 6 months before the assassination. According to American Brutus, by Michael W. Kaufmann,



In December 1864, Mudd once again ran into John Wilkes Booth. The meeting occurred in the streets of Washington, and Mudd was in the company of John Surratt. The doctor introduced the two men, and along with Louis J. Weichmann, retired to a nearby hotel room for drinks and conversation.

Dr. Samuel Mudd

Source: Library of Congress

Home of Dr. Samuel Mudd

Home of Dr. Samuel Mudd. Currently a museum.

Source: Charles County Maryland website

Dr. Samuel Mudd


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