He was shot on his head five days after he won the Civil War, on April 14, 1865, by
John Wilkes Booth (Confederate and pro-slavery), while watching a play at the
Ford Theatre, and died the next day. He was the first US president to be murdered,
and that led to a period of depression by his supporters. Booth was killed 12 days
after the manhunt began.
John Wilkes Booth