We sometimes forget how brief American history has been in terms of the entire history of mankind. Samuel J. Seymour was five years old when he was taken by his godmother to Ford’s Theater in Washington to see the comedy Our American Cousin on Good Friday, April 14, 1865.
Seymour heard the shot fired by John Wilkes Booth, saw Lincoln fall forward in his seat and Booth leap from the Presidential box on to the stage. Seymour lived to appear on I’ve Got a Secret in 1956 in the above video, less than a year before I was born.
Ironically Seymour’s father, George Seymour, was an overseer of 300 slaves on a Maryland plantation.
Seymour would die soon after his appearance on the show, on April 13, 1956, just one day shy of 91 years from Lincoln’s assassination. One example as to how times have changed: The grand prize on the game show was $80.00 and a carton of cigarettes!