The Beacon Hill native was a respected actor and also the older brother of John Wilkes Booth. The night Boston residents learned of President Abraham Lincoln's assassination. Edwin was scheduled to open at the Boston Theater as Hamlet. The show was canceled.
In an odd twist of fate, Booth later saved Lincoln's son, Robert, from an oncoming train.
Recently, Booth's distant relatives wanted to exhume Edwin's remains in Cambridge to test DNA against the remains of his brother John's.