Friday, November 20, 2009

Obscure Historical Hunk: Lewis Powell

While googling Supreme Court Justice Lewis Powell [note: i have an unhealthy obsession with the Supreme Court] I discovered this historical dreamboat. Sure he conspired to kidnap and kill Abraham Lincoln, and actually succeeded in stabbing Secretary of State William Seward several times, but the guy is a total hunk. Described as an introvert, fanatic, and lunatic I can't help but thinking he was a man before his time... better suited for life on Bedford Avenue. (His disguise while a fugitive was a large fake mustache...swoon.) Powell tried to kill himself while on trial for his crimes, but who knows if it was because of sheer craziness, or the fact he hadn't taken a shit for the whole month of May(I'm not really sure how that ends up in the historical record, but I digress). Though he died in the gallows in 1865, about 130 years later Powell's skull showed up among a collection of native american skulls in the Anthropology Department of the Smithsonian. Spooky and Sexy. I'm into it.

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