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Slidell in St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)

John Slidell


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May 6, 2017
1. John Slidell Marker
Inscription.  John Slidell rose to prominence as a Louisiana politician in the decades before the War Between the States. A lawyer who began his career as a businessman, he moved to New Orleans in 1819.

He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1843. As a states-rights Democrat, he supported James K. Polk for the presidency in 1844 and assured him a Louisiana majority in the presidential election. Polk appointed Slidell Commissioner to Mexico, with instructions to settle the Texas-Mexico boundary dispute and purchase New Mexico and California.

Slidell was elected to the Senate in 1853 and cast his lot with other pro-southern congressmen. For a brief time he was considered the most powerful man in the U.S. Senate. In the 1860 campaign, Slidell supported Democratic presidential candidate John C. Breckinridge. He remained a moderate until Abraham Lincoln's election pushed the southern states into seceding. Siding with the south, Slidell accepted a diplomatic appointment to represent the Confederacy in France.

His arrival in Europe was delayed by the Trent Affair, when he and fellow diplomat James M. Mason were removed
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from a British-registered ship by the commander of a Federal vessel. In order to avoid a war with Britain, Lincoln had the two men released on 1 January 1862. Upon arriving in Europe, Slidell found the French sympathetic to the Confederate cause, but met with little success in securing extensive military aid or the Franco-Confederate Treaty of Alliance he sought. Slidell remained in France lobbying throughout the war. Though he was never able to accomplish a Franco-Confederate liaison, Slidell, through his political abilities and bolstered by his marriage to a Louisiana Creole woman, arranged Confederate financing through private French interests (Erlanger Family)

Dismayed by the defeat of the C.S.A. in 1865, Slidell and his family stayed in Paris. He never sought pardon from the Federal government for his Confederate service, dying in London, England, 29 July 1871. He is buried in the St. Roman tomb in Villijuif, France. In 1888, John Slidell's son-in-law, Baron Erlanger, who was a financier and large landowner in St. Tammany Parish, founded our city and named it Slidell.
Erected 2000 by City of Slidell.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Settlements & SettlersWar, US Civil.
Location. 30° 16.838′ N, 89° 46.901′ 
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May 6, 2017
2. John Slidell Marker
W. Marker is in Slidell, Louisiana, in St. Tammany Parish. Located at the Flag Plaza and Monument, in the parking lot of the Slidell Station. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Slidell LA 70458, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Slidell: An Overview (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named John Slidell (approx. 0.3 miles away); Slidell Town Hall and Jail (approx. 0.3 miles away); 1st United Methodist Church (approx. 0.3 miles away); City of Slidell Centennial (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named John Slidell (approx. 0.4 miles away); Salmen Lodge (approx. 2.7 miles away); Fritz Salmen (approx. 2.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Slidell.
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May 6, 2017
3. Flag Plaza and Monument
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4. John Slidell
by F. O. C. Darley, engraved by A Bobbett, Sc., from Lossing, 1913, History of the United States.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 21, 2019. It was originally submitted on May 19, 2017, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 546 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 19, 2017.   4. submitted on July 6, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.

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