Kansas MemoryKansas Memory

Kansas Historical SocietyKansas Historical Society

Thomas "Boston" Corbett - Page
13 votes

Like Kansas Memory?
Help us add more items by donating $$$.
Donate to Kansas Memory

A portrait of Thomas P. "Boston" Corbett, who was the Union Army soldier who killed Abraham Lincoln's assassin, John Wilkes Booth. Corbett, who homesteaded near Concordia, Kansas in the late 1870s, was hired as a doorkeeper for the Kansas House of Representatives in Topeka, Kansas. On February 15, 1887, while performing his doorkeeper duties, Corbett pulled a pistol and unofficially adjourned the House. He was disarmed by local police, declared insane, and committed to the State Insane Asylum in Topeka. He escaped a year later.

Date: 1865

Bookbag Share Print

Item Number: 239
Call Number: B Corbett, Boston *2
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 239

Preston B Plumb Samuel Johnson Crawford Edward Russell African American cowboys

Copyright © 2007-2014 - Kansas Historical Society - Contact Us
This website was developed in part with funding provided by the Information Network of Kansas.