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Lewis Thornton Paine

  • Original Name Powell
  • Birth 22 Apr 1844 Randolph County, Alabama, USA
  • Death 7 Jul 1865 Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA
  • Burial Geneva, Seminole County, Florida, USA
  • Plot Grave is marked with Confederate military decorations
  • Memorial ID 8554

Lincoln Assassination Conspirator. He fought at Gettysburg as a Confederate soldier. He was hanged for his involvement in the assassination of President Lincoln. Lewis tried to murder William H. Seward, Secretary of the State in the plot to kill Mr. Lincoln. Seward's son was nearly beaten to death by Lewis, and William Seward was stabbed several times in the face, both survived. Powell was originally buried at the execution site, but during the next twenty years his remains were moved and reburied several times. In 1885 his skull (identified by a broken jaw bone, the result of a kick from a mule during Powell's boyhood) turned up as specimen # 2244 in the Army Medical Museum located in Ford's Theatre. In 1898 the skull was turned over to the Smithsonian Anthropology Department.

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Gravesite Details He was 6'1.5" tall and had black hair and blue eyes






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  • Added: 27 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 8554
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Lewis Thornton Paine (22 Apr 1844–7 Jul 1865), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8554, citing Geneva Cemetery, Geneva, Seminole County, Florida, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .