The phrase ‘your name is mud’ is accredited to Dr Samuel Alexander Mudd who set John Wilkes Booths leg after he broke it fleeing Ford’s Theatre. Dr Mudd was convicted of being involved in the conspiracy to assassinate President Lincoln. Hence the phrase ‘your name is mud’ derives itself from the treachery of Dr Mudd. He and his family denied any involvement in the conspiracy claiming he was only fulfilling his duty as a doctor. Other evidence suggests he may have had sympathies towards the Confederacy as he had the opportunity to inform the authorities of Booths whereabouts but failed to do so, and he claimed he had never met Booth before, but Booth had purchased a neighbouring property and they had met several times beforehand.