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MUDD DAY – December 20

Dr. Samuel Mudd

Dr. Samuel Mudd

MUDD DAY

Mudd Day is observed annually on December 20th, the birthday of Dr. Samuel Mudd.

After assassinating Lincoln on April 14, 1865, Booth rode with co-conspirator David Herold to Mudd’s home in the early hours of the 15th for surgery on his fractured leg, before crossing into Virginia. Some time that day, Mudd must have learned of the assassination, but did not report Booth’s visit to the authorities for another 24 hours. This appeared to link him to the crime, as did his various changes of story under interrogation, and on April 26, he was arrested. A military commission found him guilty of aiding and conspiring in a murder, and he was sentenced to life imprisonment, escaping the death penalty by a single vote.

Mudd was pardoned by President Andrew Johnson and released from prison in 1869. Despite repeated attempts by family members and others to have it expunged, his conviction has never been overturned.

Dr. Mudd’s name has been dragged through the mud since his sentencing giving the term “your name is mud” a whole new meaning.

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