James O. Hall
|James Otis Hall|
|Born||June 30, 1912|
|Died||February 26, 2007|
James Otis Hall (June 30, 1912 – February 26, 2007) was an amateur historian who specialized in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. He was widely regarded as one of the top experts on this matter, and is noted for having discovered a letter by John Wilkes Booth, written on the morning of the murder, in which Booth attempted to justify his actions. He also argued that Samuel Mudd was guilty of helping Booth.
His books include Come Retribution by William A. Tidwell, James O. Hall and David W. Gaddy; On the Way to Garrett's Barn—John Wilkes Booth & David E. Herold in the Northern Neck of Virginia, April 22–26, 1865; and The Surratt Family and John Wilkes Booth.
He served in the U.S. Army as First Lieutenant during World War II, then worked for the Department of Labor. He was widowed and living in McLean, VA at his death. His Lincoln research files form the cornerstone of the eponymous James O. Hall Research Center at the Surratt House Museum.
- "A History Hobby" by Andrew Ferguson, Wall Street Journal, 25 May 2007
- Biography at James O. Hall Research Center. Surratt House Museum.
- Surratt House Museum Bibliography at www.surrattmuseum.org
- Surratt House Museum--James O. Hall Research Center at www.surrattmuseum.org
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