Francis Tumblety

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Francis Tumblety
Alias(es) Frank Townsend, J. H. Blackburn, W. J. Morgan, Michael Sullivan
Born c. 1830-33
Canada or Ireland
Died 28 May 1903 (aged 69–73)
St. Louis, Missouri

Francis J. Tumblety (c. 1830 - May 28, 1903) was an American peddler of patent medicines and flamboyant self-promoter, self-described as an Indian Herb Doctor. Among the various court and criminal records to his credit, Tumblety was arrested in the aftermath of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln as a suspected associate of David Herold and possible conspirator in the Yellow Fever Plot, and was later an apparent suspect in the unsolved Jack the Ripper murders.


  • Tumblety, Francis (1866), A Few Passages in the Life of Dr. Francis Tumblety: The Indian Herb Doctor, Including His Experience in the Old Capitol Prison, to which He was Consigned with a Wanton Disregard to Justice and Liberty, by Order of Edwin Stanton, Secretary of War. Also Journalistic and Documentary Vindication of His Name and Fame, and Professional Testimonials Respectfully Inscribed to the American Public, Cincinnati: The Author 
  • Tumblety, Francis (1872), Narrative of Dr. Tumblety: How He Was Kidnapped During the American War, His Incarceration and Discharge. A Veritable Reign of Terror. An Exciting Life Sketch, with Important Letters and Documents From Generals Lee and Sherman, Earl de Grey, Lords Stanley, Headley and Tenterden, Sir Edward Thornton, Horace Greeley, Abraham Lincoln, and Other Notable Celebrities, Including Private Passages Concerning the Ex-Emperor Napoleon ... Presentation and Friendly Relations with Kaiser William, of Prussia, Introduction and Friendly Converse with the Late Charles Dickens, New York 
  • Tumblety, Francis (1893), A Sketch of the Life of Dr. Francis Tumblety: Presenting an Outline of His Wonderful Career as Physician, Professional Successes and Personal Intimacies With Reowned Personages of the Two Hemispheres, New York