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

7/18/2013 • Ask Mr. History, John Wilkes Booth

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
World History Group
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