Text of President Andrew Johnson's Executive Order Appointing John A. Bingham as a Special Judge-Advocate for the Prosecution of President Lincoln's Accused Assassins

May 7, 1865

On May 7, 1865, President Andrew Johnson issued an executive order appointing John A. Bingham as a special judge-advocate for the prosecution of President Abraham Lincoln's accused assassins.

Portrait of Andrew Johnson

On May 7, 1865, President Andrew Johnson (pictured here) issued an executive order appointing John A. Bingham as a special judge-advocate for the prosecution of President Abraham Lincoln’s accused assassins. [Wikimedia Commons]

WAR DEPARTMENT

Brigadier-General Holt, Judge-Advocate-General, having designated the Hon. John A. Bingham as a special judge-advocate, whose aid he requires in the prosecution of Herold and others before the military commission of which Major-General Hunter is presiding officer:

It is ordered, That the said John A. Bingham be, and he is hereby, appointed special judge-advocate for the purpose aforesaid, to aid the Judge-Advocate-General, pursuant to the order of the President in respect to said military commission.

By order of the President:

EDWIN M. STANTON,

Secretary of War.

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  • Article Title Text of President Andrew Johnson's Executive Order Appointing John A. Bingham as a Special Judge-Advocate for the Prosecution of President Lincoln's Accused Assassins
  • Date May 7, 1865
  • Author
  • Keywords Andrew Johnson, John A. Bingham, Abraham Lincoln
  • Website Name American History Central
  • Access Date June 13, 2024
  • Publisher R.Squared Communications, LLC
  • Original Published Date
  • Date of Last Update March 18, 2024

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