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William Petersen
Birth: Jun. 16, 1810, Germany
Death: Jun. 18, 1871
Washington
District of Columbia
District Of Columbia, USA

Civil War Figure. Owned the house across the street from Fords Theatre in Washington, DC. President Abraham Lincoln was brought to his house after being shot by John Wilkes Booth, and died there. Petersen committed suicide on the Washington DC Mall in front of the Smithsonian Institution. Mr. Petersen's house is now a National Historic Landmark, visited by thousands each year. 
 
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  Anna Klomann Petersen (1819 - 1871)*
 
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Cause of death: Possible suicide by Laudanum
 
Burial:
Prospect Hill Cemetery
Washington
District of Columbia
District Of Columbia, USA
 
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Record added: Mar 21, 1999
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- sjm
 Added: Jun. 18, 2015

- sjm
 Added: Jun. 16, 2015
William A. Petersen, the German tailor in whose house the president died, accidentally took too much laudanum (a mixture of alcohol and opium derivatives) on June 19, 1871. He was found by Washington police on a park bench. The police took him to the stat...(Read more)
- Julie Knox/Graves-Birkhimer
 Added: Dec. 27, 2014
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