Slidell, John, 1793-1871

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Birth 1793
Death 1871-07-29

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American lawyer and politician.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Washington, to T.H. Herbert, Esq., 1856 12 15. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270664032

Slidell was a Louisiana lawyer and politician who served in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate, and as Confederate agent to France whose capture sparked the Trent affair.

From the description of Legal answer, 1800s. (Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library). WorldCat record id: 122558030

American politician and diplomat.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Paris, to M.A. Vattemare, [18]62 Mar. 9. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270663616

From the description of Autograph letter signed : House of Representatives, to General Andrew Jackson, 1844 Feb. 13. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270662683

John Slidell was a Louisiana politician, lawyer, and businessman. A native of New York, he graduated from Columbia University and worked in the mercantile business in New York City before relocating to New Orleans, La., where he practiced law and served as district attorney of the city. Elected to the United States House in 1842 as a Democrat, Slidell was appointed as minister plenipotentiary to Mexico by President James Polk. Slidell was elected to the Senate in 1853 and cast his lot with other pro-Southern congressmen to repeal the Missouri Compromise, acquire Cuba, and admit Kansas to the Union. During the U.S. Civil War Slidell represented the Confederacy to France and was one of two Confederate diplomats involved in the Trent Affair. After the Civil War Slidell moved to Paris, France. He died in England on the Isle of Wight.

From the description of John Slidell letters and miscellany, 1844-1861. (Louisiana State University). WorldCat record id: 318102272


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  • Mexican War, 1846-1848
  • Annexation (International law)--History--19th century
  • Courts-martial and courts of inquiry
  • Missouri compromise
  • Slavery--Extension to the territories
  • Presidents--Election--1856


  • Legislators--United States
  • Surveyors--Louisiana


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