Mary Surratt

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  • Have you heard of Mary Surratt?
  • She was the woman who was accused of assisting the conspirators in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln and got hung for it.
  • Her case was plead at the U.S. Supreme Court in April 1866.
  • Mary lost her case of pleading innocent because she let the conspirators of the assassination use a room in her boardinghouse.
  • She was the first woman executed by the U.S. government.
  • Her case called into question the practice of trying civilians before military commissions.
  • Mary Surratt hurt our nation by helping John Wilkes Booth and his accomplices even if she might not have known about their plans.
  • Mary's conviction and hanging started a nationwide debate over whether female criminals deserve special treatment in the eyes of the law.
  • John Jr. Surratt was thought to help with the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. He fled to Canada so he wouldn't be captured.
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