Amazing video: Man who witnessed Lincoln Assasination

In 1956, Samuel J. Seymour appeared on “I’ve Got a Secret”, a game show which featured notable people coming on and a panel of celebrities attempting to guess their secret.

What was Seymour’s secret? When Seymour was five years old, he was in Ford’s Theater the night Lincoln was assassinated and saw John Wilkes Booth leap from the balcony. After the panelists guessed his secret, host Gary Moore revealed that Seymour didn’t even know that the President had been shot at the time, instead he was concerned for the poor man who feel from the balcony.

“I was scared to death,” he said.


“Here’s a guy who our parents could have watched on television, and his parents (could have seen) the inauguration of Washington,” Glenn said of the story. “One guy who links us back to Washington. One guy links us back to the beginning of the country.”

Two years prior to Seymour’s appearance on the show, he authored an eyewitness account to the Milwaukee Sentinel. You can read his piece HERE.

Glenn reacts to the story below:

  • snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    Wow, just wow.

    A moment in history I have not heard until today; I have read the accounts and the testimonies of the witnesses who were there, yet to hear it from a first hand witness who saw the changing of history in a heartbeat hammers it home all the more.

    Thanks be to God for this to come forward.

    If we forget our past, we have no truth as to who we are, how we came to be, and where we are headed for.

    • landofaahs

      Can you imagine the awe we Christians will experience at the sight of the two witnesses when they appear?  To know what they have seen?

      • Paolina

        Or as Americans when we discover our country may not be so divinely favored, but rather the despised superpower at the end of time: “Who is like the beast, who can make war upon him?” (Rev 13)

        Who indeed. As it says, we have the qualities of a lamb (founded by Christians) but are a Dragon. Today we are the leading exporter of pornography, fast food, and war.  Lust, gluttony, wrath, these are our features. Yet we pretend to stand for peace and liberty.

        • M-Theory

           I don’t pretend to stand for peace and liberty.  I DO stand for peace and liberty even when I have to stand alone.  It starts with me and you taking our stands and refusing to tolerate things that shouldn’t be tolerated.  Just because a thing exists, doesn’t mean we have to tolerate it or accept it.  Some things aren’t worthy.  When each individual stands and says “I stand for peace and liberty,” and then shows by their actions that they do, then we WILL be a nation of peace and liberty as we aspire to be when we’re at our best.  We achieve it occasionally.  Let us NOT forget we are also the most generous and charitable nation on earth among the list of nasty traits you mention.

  • landofaahs

    There must be a big difference in the tobacco of today and of yester-year.

    • Linda Phillips Smith

      The tobacco today is the same until it has toxic/addictive chemicals added to the final smoking product.

  • Anonymous

    Eighty bucks and a carton of Winston’s  – boy how things have changed. Today the questions are more like – which curtain will reveal the hidden Lincoln or better yet – Porche?

    I’m dating myself – but I can remember as a boy, watching this program.  

  • Anonymous

    Wonderful to see.
    Great Grandmother died at 105 in 1955.  She remembered the Civil War and I had the priviledge to speak with her about it when I was a young girl.  Her most vivide memory was the men walking home from the war in rags and no shoes.  Her mother (my great great grandmother fed them at her back door).  Great Grandmother said, “Just think after fighting for this nation, they walked home in rags.”  Sorrowful stuff.

    • Michele Hay

       My husband’s grandmother gave food to ‘hobos’ during the depression that way…they would only come as far as the back porch..because noone would expect to come into  your home as a stranger…but she would bring them out a plate of food…and they would leave a sign to other travelers…that this was a farm of good people that would give you a meal.

      And yes…people walked to and from the Civil War…unless you could afford a train or a wagon ride in some part of your trip…but likely most could not…unless someone heard where they were…and came to find them and bring them home. The older you get the more you realize that many pay the price for a few people’s sins in war…no mater how great the cause…it is usually a few who cause the problem…and then a lot have to remedy it. It is better perhaps if we speak up…before it is too late on many things.

      • Deborah Rowe

        @google-8ac7f9f9a73e08a1a0b00a91ecd72039:disqus One guy who links us back to Washington. $85 an hour! Seriously I don’t know why more people haven’t tried this, I work two shifts, 2 hours in the day and 2 in the evening…And whats awesome is Im working from home so I get more time with my kids. Heres where I went,

  • Sam Fisher

    Speaking of Lincoln I went to Gettysburg this September and I was where he gave the Gettysburg address which now the spot is covered with a huge monument. It is amazing standing there in front of a spot where history was made. Where he did it was not too far from where they buried the dead from that day. If you get the chance get down their tour the battle site and see it for yourself it is humbling to stand in the fields and to stand where the fighting happen and to stand where many died.

  • KennethJ

    Not sure I understand the math as to how his parents could have seen Washington’s inauguration, since they would have had to have been about 80 years old when this man was born, Washington being 76 years prior to 1865.

    • Michele Hay

      I think Glenn meant…could have been alive at Washington’s inaugural (1789 I think)…except…they likely did not have a five year old at age 80 or so…(unless quite lively!)…so he may have meant lifespan posibility…but not likely parenting age posibility.

      • SinDeadMan

         Idk, their is a person alive who is the great great or just great grandson of John Adams I think who it was…..mainly just because they did have children so late in life.

  • Anonymous

    So sad what we’ve become.  Now days people are obsessed about useless crap like Kardashians, Paris Hilton, Miley ‘fat ass’ Cyrus, Justin Bieber, and of course, the all important Honey Boo Boo.  God help us all.

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