- Henry Lawrence Burnett
Henry Lawrence Burnett (
December 26, 1838– January 4, 1916) was a brevet brigadier general for the Union in the American Civil Warand a prosecutor in the trial that followed the Abraham Lincoln assassination.
Burnett was born in
Youngstown, Ohio, in 1838. Determined not to become a farmer, he ran away from home to get an education and eventually married Kitty Hoffman, the daughter of a judge.
When the Civil War broke out, Burnett joined the
2nd Ohio Cavalry, where he rose to the rank of major. After being trampled by a horse and seriously injured, however, he transferred to the Judge Advocate General's Corpsof the Department of the Ohio.
After the assassination of President
Abraham Lincolnin 1865, Burnett was called upon by Secretary of War Edwin Stantonto be an Assistant Judge Advocate General. Along with him were John Binghamand Joseph Holt, the Judge Advocate General. The accused conspirators where George Atzerodt, David Herold, Lewis Powell a.k.a. Paine, Samuel Arnold, Michael O'Laughlen, Edman Spangler, Samuel Muddand Mary Surratt. The trail began on May 10, 1865. The three spent nearly two months in court, awaiting a verdict from the jury. Holt and Bingham attempted to obscure the fact that there were two plots. The first plot was to kidnap President Lincoln in exchange for the Confederate prisoners the Union had. The second was to assassinate Lincoln, Vice President Andrew Johnsonand Secretary of State William H. Sewardin a plot to throw the government into electoral chaos. It was important for the prosecution not to reveal the existence of a diarytaken from the body of Lincoln's assassin John Wilkes Booth. The diary made it clear that the assassination plan dated from the 14th of April. The defence surprisingly did not call for Booth's diary to be produced in court. Holt was accused of withholding evidence, but it was never proven.On June 29, 1865, the eight were found guilty for their involvement in the conspiracy to kill the President. Arnold, O'Laughlen and Mudd where sentenced to life in prison, Spangler six years in prison and Atzerodt, Herold, Paine and Surratt were to hang. They were executed July 7, 1865. Surratt was the first woman in American history to be executed. O'Laughlen died in prison in 1867. Arnold, Spangler and Mudd where pardoned by President Andrew Johnsonin early 1869.
After his wife Kitty died, Burnett moved to
New Yorkto practice law, serving as counsel to the Buffalo and Erie Railroad. He was married a second time, to Sarah Lansing, only to find himself widowed once again in 1877. At this point, Burnett left his children with his late wife's family and relocated to New York City. He married once again, this time to Agnes Tailer, and moved to an exclusive district of the city. In 1898, President William McKinleyappointed Burnett federal district attorneyfor the southern district of New Yorkand upon completion of his four-year term, he was reappointed by McKinley's successor, Theodore Roosevelt.
Seeking a country home away from the city, Burnett and his wife purchased a horse- breeding farm in
Goshen, New Yorkwhere Henry raced on the amateur circuit. He died January 4, 1916and was interred in Slate Hill Cemeteryin Goshen.
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