SLAYDEN, James Luther

SLAYDEN, James Luther
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives


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.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division

Washington, DC
Papers: In the James Edward Runcie papers, 1892-1927, 180 items. Persons represented include James Luther Slayden.

University of Michigan Libraries
Special Collections Library

Ann Arbor, MI
Papers: In the Anti-Imperialist League papers, 1903-1922, 597 items and 5 volumes. Persons represented include James Luther Slayden.

University of Texas Libraries
Briscoe Center for American History

Austin, TX
Papers: In the Richard Fenner Burges papers, 1897-1940, approximately 5 feet. Persons represented include James Luther Slayden.
Papers: In the George Thomas Howard family papers, 1822-1909, 10 inches. Persons represented include James Luther Slayden.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Pohl, James W. "Slayden's Defeat: A Texas Congressman Loses Bid as Wilson's Secretary of War." Military History of Texas and the Southwest 10 (1972): 43-56.

Slayden, Ellen Maury. Washington Wife: Journal of Ellen Maury Slayden from 1897-1919. New York: Harper & Row, 1963.

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