By David J. Murrah

Born through the toddler years of the Texas Republic, C. C. Slaughter (1837–1919) participated within the improvement of the southwestern farm animals from its pioneer phases to the fashionable period. path motive force, Texas Ranger, banker, philanthropist, and cattleman, he used to be one among America’s most famed ranchers. David J. Murrah’s biography of Slaughter, now to be had 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 livestock. At one time “Slaughter state” stretched from a number of miles north of huge Spring, Texas, northwestward 2 hundred miles to the recent Mexico border west of Lubbock. His father, brothers, and sons rode the crest of his acceptance, and the Slaughter identify turned a loved ones observe within the Southwest. In 1873—almost ten years ahead of the “beef bonanza” at the open variety made many Texas cattlemen rich—C. C. Slaughter used to be heralded by means 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 twine and windmills, Slaughter brought new and greater livestock breeds to West Texas.

In his later years, vastly encouraged by means of Baptist minister George W. Truett of Dallas, Slaughter turned a massive contributor to the paintings of the Baptist church in Texas. He considerably supported Baylor college and used to be a cofounder of the Baptist schooling fee and Dallas’s Baylor Hospital.

Slaughter additionally cofounded the Texas livestock Raisers’ organization (1877) and the yank nationwide financial institution of Dallas (1884), which via next mergers grew to become the 1st nationwide financial institution. His banking occupation made him certainly one of Dallas’s major voters, and every now and then he owned giant holdings of downtown Dallas property.

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