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SLAYDEN, James Luther, (uncle of Maury Maverick),
a Representative from Texas; born in Mayfield, Graves County, Ky.,
June 1, 1853; upon the death of his father in 1869 moved with his mother to New
Orleans, La.; attended the common schools and Washington and Lee University,
Lexington, Va.; moved to San Antonio, Tex., in 1876; became a cotton merchant
and ranchman; member of the State house of representatives in 1892; declined to
be a candidate for renomination; engaged in agricultural pursuits and mining;
appointed by Andrew Carnegie as one of the original trustees of the Carnegie
Endowment for International Peace in October 1910; president of the American
Peace Society for several years; elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-fifth and
to the ten succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1897-March 3, 1919); declined
renomination in 1918; managed an orchard in Virginia, a ranch in Texas, and
mines in Mexico; died in San Antonio, Tex., February 24, 1924; interment in
Mission Park Cemetery.
BibliographyPohl, James W. Slaydens Defeat: A Texas Congressman Loses Bid
as Wilsons Secretary of War.
Military History of Texas and the Southwest 10 (1972): 43-56.