151 Years Ago Today, Roughly 1,700 People Missed the Ending of Our American Cousin

Because the April 14, 1865 performance of Our American Cousin fell on Good Friday, the folks at Ford’s Theatre weren’t expecting a huge crowd. So, to drum up publicity, they invited the highest-profile couple in Washington D.C.: President Abraham Lincoln and his wife, Mary Todd. Despite the President’s reluctance, he…

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