Mudd Day on December 20th yearly perceives the birthday of Dr. Samuel Mudd, a man who harbored John Wilkes Booth in his home after President Lincoln’s assassination, and who was accused of being one of the conspirators of the death.
Who was Dr. Samuel Mudd?
Samuel Alexander Mudd was an American doctor who was detained for plotting with John Wilkes Booth in the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. Mudd was
Functioning as a doctor and tobacco farmer in Southern Maryland, Samuel Mudd was a Democrat and announced his faith in bondage as a God-given institution. The Civil War seriously harmed his business, particularly when Maryland annulled slavery in 1864. That year, he initially met Booth, who was planning to abduct Lincoln, and Mudd was found in an organization with three of the conspirators. In any case, his part in the plot, if any, remaining parts misty.
After mortally injuring Lincoln on April 14, 1865, Booth rode with conspirator David Herold to Dr. Samuel Mudd’s home in the early hours of April 15 for surgery on his fractured leg before he crossed into Virginia. At some point that day, Mudd must have learned of the assassination yet didn’t report Booth’s visit to the experts for an additional 24 hours. That seemed to connect him to the wrongdoing, as did his different changes of the story under interrogation. A military commission saw him as blameworthy of helping and conspiring in a murder, and he was condemned to life imprisonment, getting away from the death penalty by a solitary vote.
Dr. Samuel Mudd was pardoned by President Andrew Johnson and released from jail in 1869. In spite of repeated endeavors by relatives and others to have it canceled, his conviction has not been toppled.
Dr. Samuel Mudd was only 49 years of age when he passed on of pneumonia, on January 10, 1883, and was covered in the burial ground at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Bryantown, a similar church wherein he once met Booth.
Dr. Samuel Mudd’s name has been hauled through the mud since his condemning giving the term “your name is mud” totally different importance. The phrase existed well before Dr. Samuel Mudd and the events of 1865 and implied precisely what it implies today.