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Saginaw man aims to clear relative's name in Lincoln killing

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SAGINAW, MI (AP) -

A Saginaw man who's related to a doctor convicted of helping former President Abraham Lincoln's killer escape is trying to clear his great-grandfather's name.

Tom Mudd and 75 relatives will meet Friday for a family reunion at Fort Jefferson in Dry Tortugas National Park. The shuttered prison, located on a remote island off the southern tip of Florida, holds a plaque honoring Dr. Samuel Mudd, who was a prisoner there 150 years ago.

The Detroit News reports that the family hopes to bring attention to a nearly century-old effort to prove the doctor wasn't guilty of aiding or conspiring to kill Lincoln.

Samuel Mudd treated John Wilkes Booth for a broken shin after he shot the president at Ford's Theatre.

Mudd was sentenced to life in prison but only served four years.

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