Robert Todd Lincoln, the eldest son of US President Abraham Lincoln, and the only one of Lincoln’s four sons to reach adulthood, narrowly escaped death at a young age when, in Jersey City, New Jersey, he nearly stumbled off a busy railway platform on to the tracks. Luckily, he was grabbed by the collar of his shirt and pulled to safety just in time. What was remarkable about the individual who saved him?

Answer: His life was saved by Edwin Booth. Months later, Edwin Booth’s brother, John Wilkes Booth, would assassinate the boy’s father Abraham Lincoln.

Source: Stupid History by Leland Gregory; General Historical Texts.

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