Booth, Junius Brutus, 1821-1883

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Junius Brutus Booth Jr. (December 22, 1821 – September 17, 1883) was an American actor and theatre manager.

As a member of the Booth family of actors, Junius Brutus Booth Jr. was overshadowed by his father Junius Sr. and brothers Edwin and John Wilkes (the assassin of Abraham Lincoln), and later by his wife Agnes, a successful actress.

Booth was married three times: first briefly to Clementina De Bar, sister of comedian and theatrical manager Ben De Bar; then in California to Harriet Mace, who died giving birth to a daughter; and finally, upon returning East in 1867 and becoming manager of the Boston Theatre, to Agnes Perry (née Rookes), who thereafter was known professionally as Agnes Booth. Junius and Agnes had four children together: Junius Brutus III (1868–1912), Algernon (1869–1877), Sydney (1873–1937), and Barton (1874–1879). Only two survived to adulthood, and of those two, Junius Brutus III committed suicide in 1912.

Booth managed the Boston Theatre, Walnut Street Theatre, Winter Garden Theatre, and Booth's Theatre, where his brother Edwin was the star attraction. Though a relatively undistinguished actor, Junius Jr. was highly regarded for his performances as King John and as Cassius in Julius Caesar. In 1864 he performed Julius Caesar alongside his brothers Edwin (as Brutus) and John Wilkes (as Mark Antony).

Junius Brutus Booth Jr. himself was briefly imprisoned in Washington, DC, after his brother assassinated Abraham Lincoln. At the time of the assassination, he was fulfilling an acting engagement at Pike's Opera House in Cincinnati. Booth left Cincinnati by train on April 17th and arrived in Philadelphia on April 19th. Booth notified the U.S. Marshall of his presence in the city and was arrested and hurried by train to the Old Capitol Prison, where he was interrogated and released.

Booth retired in 1881 to Masconomo House in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts, where he died on September 17, 1883. He was buried in Manchester's Rosedale Cemetery. Although Agnes Booth remarried in 1885, she continued performing under the Booth name, and was buried next to him when she died in 1910.

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creatorOf Booth, John Wilkes, 1838-1865. Booth family papers, 1864-1873. Navarro College
referencedIn Ritschel, Nelson O'Ceallaigh, 1959-. Assassin, 1983. Brown University, Brown University Library
referencedIn Belknap Collection for the Performing Arts. Belknap Collection, Theatre 1816-1995 1825-1889 : Booth family. University of Florida
referencedIn Hudson, Edward P., fl. 1865. Telegram, April 25, 1865. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
referencedIn Photographs of the Booth family, ca. 1869-1889. Harvard Theater Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University
referencedIn Boston Museum (1847-1903). Correspondence of the Boston Museum, 1864-1898 (inclusive). Harvard University, Harvard Theater Collection, Harvard College Library
referencedIn Morse, Robert A. Booth : a play in two acts / by Robert A. Morse, 1982. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Booth, Junius Brutus, 1821-1883,. Autograph letter signed from Junius Brutus Booth to unidentified recipient [manuscript], [19th century]. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn Booth-Grossman family. Booth-Grossman family papers, 1840-1953. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Booth-Grossman family papers, 1840-1953 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
referencedIn Aloysius I. Mudd collection, 1800-1919 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
referencedIn Houghton Library printed book provenance file, A-D Houghton Library
creatorOf Booth, Edwin, 1833-1893. Papers, 1860-1874. Washington State University, Holland and Terrell Libraries
referencedIn Kimes, William Harold, 1936-. Booth collection 1969-2003. Hamline University Libraries, CLIC
creatorOf Booth, Joseph Adrian, 1840-1902,. Autograph letter signed from Joseph Adrian Booth to William Winter [manuscript], 1873 September 23. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Booth, Junius Brutus, 1821-1883,. Autograph letters signed from Junius Brutus Booth to Augustin Daly [manuscript], 1868-1875? Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn Miscellaneous theatrical papers, 1673-1976. Houghton Library
referencedIn Boston Theatre (Washington Street, Boston, Mass.). Boston Theatre (Washington Street, Boston, Mass.) box office receipts, 1864-1901. Harvard University, Harvard Theater Collection, Harvard College Library
referencedIn Booth-Grossman family papers, 1840-1953 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
referencedIn Edwin T. Booth Papers, 1860-1874 Washington State University Libraries Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections (MASC)
referencedIn Fredric Woodbridge Wilson Collection of Theatre, Dance and Music (Harvard Theatre Collection). Photographs of the Booth family, ca. 1869-1889. Houghton Library
referencedIn George Heister papers, 1838-1892 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
referencedIn Kennedy, Elijah Robinson, 1844-1926,. Typescript letter signed from Elijah R. Kennedy, New York, to William Winter, New Brighton, Staten Island [manuscript], 1912 September 13. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Booth, Junius Brutus, 1821-1883. Diary of Junius Brutus Booth [manuscript], 1864. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn Heister, George. George Heister papers, 1838-1892. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Booth, Junius Brutus, 1821-1883. Correspondence, 1868. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Booth family. Booth family papers, 1867-1910 Houghton Library
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associatedWith Booth, Edwin, 1833-1893. person
associatedWith Booth-Grossman family family
associatedWith Booth-Grossman family. family
associatedWith Booth, Joseph Adrian, 1840-1902, person
childOf Booth, Junius Brutus, 1796-1852 person
parentOf Booth, Junius Brutus, 1868-1912 person
parentOf Booth, Sydney Barton, 1873-1937 person
associatedWith Boston Museum (1847-1903) corporateBody
associatedWith Boston Theatre (Washington Street, Boston, Mass.) corporateBody
correspondedWith Daly, Augustin, 1838-1899 person
associatedWith Heister, George. person
associatedWith Houghton Library. corporateBody
associatedWith Hudson, Edward P., fl. 1865. person
associatedWith Kennedy, Elijah Robinson, 1844-1926, person
associatedWith Morse, Robert A. person
associatedWith Mudd, Aloysius I. (Aloysius Ignatius), 1844- person
associatedWith Ritschel, Nelson O'Ceallaigh, 1959- person
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Birth 1821-12-22

Death 1883-09-16

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