John Wilkes Booth (May 10, 1838 – April 26, 1865) was a popular American stage actor, a member of the famous Booth family. He was also Confederate sympathizer and a proponent of slavery. He led a conspiracy to assassinate PresidentAbraham Lincoln, Vice PresidentAndrew Johnson, Secretary of State William Seward, and General Ulysses S. Grant in 1865 after the South lost the American Civil War. Booth personally fatally wounded Lincoln at the Ford Theater in Washington, DC on April 14 (Lincoln did not die until April 15), but his accomplices failed to kill any of the other targets. Intending to flee to Mexico, Booth bungled his escape path, and was tracked down and killed by soldiers of the United States Army on April 26 in Maryland. Three men and one woman were hanged as Booth's coconspirators on July 7, 1865, and some others were jailed, although three of them were pardoned in early 1869 after outgoing President Johnson reviewed the evidence against them and found it lacking. Historians still debate how many of the accused were really guilty as charged, and a number of conspiracy theories that widen the net beyond Booth's known associates have also been posited.