Robert Lincoln the son of Abraham Lincoln, was waiting to board a crowded train when the train lurched forward and he fell between the platform and the body of the passenger car he was trying to board. But before harm came, he was seized by the collar and yanked to the platform. His rescuer was Edwin Booth the brother of the man that would soon kill President Lincoln.
Edwin Booth, the brother of John Wilkes Booth. In 1864 or 1865, at a train station in New Jersey, he saved the life of Robert Todd Lincoln. Standing on a crowded platform, in the hustle and bustle, Robert was pushed against the train; It began to pull forward, and he nearly fell on the tracks below. Booth yanked him back up to safety. Robert thanked the famous actor by name. Booth did not learn whom he had rescued until later. This comforted him after the assassination of the President.
Mary Ann Holmes– 1840s. The Booth family was an English-American theatrical family of the 19th century. Its most famous and well known members were Edwin Booth, one of the leading actors of his day, and John Wilkes Booth, who assassinated Abraham Lincoln. The patriarch was Junius Brutus Booth, a London-born lawyer's son who eventually became an actor . Booth abandoned his wife and their young son in 1821 and ran off to the United States with Mary Ann Holmes, a London flower girl.
Signed Carte de Visite of Edwin Booth, brother of Lincoln assassin, J. Wilkes Booth. Ironically, Edwin had an incident in saving Robert Lincoln's life, when in 1863 Robert slipped off a train platform between the platform and car body. Lincoln, being helpless to save himself from being crushed, was seized by Booth by Lincoln's collar and pulled up to safety. Robert would tell this story many times the rest of his life. Ironic.