By David J. Murrah
Born throughout the youngster years of the Texas Republic, C. C. Slaughter (1837–1919) participated within the improvement of the southwestern livestock from its pioneer levels to the trendy period. path motive force, Texas Ranger, banker, philanthropist, and cattleman, he was once one in every of America’s most famed ranchers. David J. Murrah’s biography of Slaughter, now on hand in paperback, nonetheless stands because the definitive account of this recognized determine in Southwest history.
A pioneer in West Texas ranching, Slaughter elevated his holdings from 1877 to 1905 to incorporate greater than part 1000000 acres of land and 40,000 head of farm animals. At one time “Slaughter kingdom” stretched from a number of miles north of huge Spring, Texas, northwestward 2 hundred miles to the hot Mexico border west of Lubbock. His father, brothers, and sons rode the crest of his attractiveness, and the Slaughter identify turned a loved ones observe within the Southwest. In 1873—almost ten years earlier than the “beef bonanza” at the open variety made many Texas cattlemen rich—C. C. Slaughter used to be heralded by way of a Dallas newspaper because the “Cattle King of Texas.” one of the first of the West Texas cattlemen to make large use of barbed cord and windmills, Slaughter brought new and superior livestock breeds to West Texas.
In his later years, tremendously motivated by means of Baptist minister George W. Truett of Dallas, Slaughter turned a huge contributor to the paintings of the Baptist church in Texas. He considerably supported Baylor collage and was once a cofounder of the Baptist schooling fee and Dallas’s Baylor Hospital.
Slaughter additionally cofounded the Texas livestock Raisers’ organization (1877) and the yankee nationwide financial institution of Dallas (1884), which via next mergers turned the 1st nationwide financial institution. His banking profession made him considered one of Dallas’s major voters, and from time to time he owned mammoth holdings of downtown Dallas property.
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C.C. Slaughter: Rancher, Banker, Baptist (M. K. Brown Range Life Series) by David J. Murrah