Lewis Powell's Comb and Toothbrush

Ford's Theatre

Ford's Theatre
Washington, D.C., United States

Comb (left) taken from conspirator Lewis Powell at the time of his arrest at Mary Surratt’s boarding house. Both Powell and Surratt were later tried and hanged.

Toothbrush (right) used as evidence during Lewis Powell’s trial—it still bears the number assigned to it for the trial. In his testimony, George Atzerodt recounted meeting Powell for the first time: “A strong, stout man—no hair on his face—rather good looking—wild look in his eyes—he carried a tooth-brush with him.”


  • Title: Lewis Powell's Comb and Toothbrush
  • Location: Ford's Theatre National Historic Site
  • Subject Keywords: Comb, Conspirator, Lewis Powell, Mary Surratt, Boarding House, Lincoln Assasination, President Lincoln, US President, Assassination, Abraham Lincoln, Ford's Theatre, John Wilkes Booth, 1865, Trial
  • Type: Physical Object
  • Original Source: Ford's Theatre National Historic Site
  • Photographer: Carol M. Highsmith

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