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Was playwright George H. Booth related to John Wilkes Booth?

Originally published under Ask Mr. History. Published Online: July 18, 2013 
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Tell me about George H. Booth (b. 1840 Chicopee Falls, MA and d. 1927 Madrid, IA):

Was he related to John Wilkes Booth?

His play, The Drunkard's Dream, is in the Library of Congress; did he have other published works?

Craig Krouch

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Dear Mr. Krouch,
As far as I can determine, George H. Booth was not a descendent or relation of Junius Brutus Booth, the English actor who came to the United States and had ten children, six of whom grew to adulthood and included the actors Edwin, John Wilkes and Junius Brutus Booth Jr. Given George's commitment to the Temperance Movement, they were not exactly kindred in spirit, either.



Jon Guttman
Research Director
Weider History Group
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2 Responses to “Was playwright George H. Booth related to John Wilkes Booth?”

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    Shane Booth says:

    GH Booth was the son of Hiram Booth and further descended from Robert Booth who was probably born in england and died in Saco maine in 1672. The acting family of junius edwin and john wilkes didn't come over from england until the 1800's. So if connected the connection if very diluted by that point. GH is my GG Grandfather.

    Hope that helps some!


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    Shane Booth says:

    Oh I am sorry but George also wrote another play, cant recall the name of it but it was based on a war, if I remember correctly.
    The other play ran quite a lot in Massachusetts, Vermont and Madrid Iowa, his son and daughter in law both had roles in the play in Madrid.

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