About this Famous Person
John Horton SLAUGHTER
American lawman, Civil War soldier, and gambler
Source : Tim DOWLING
Slaughter was born in Sabine Parish near Many in western Louisiana, to Benjamin Slaughter and the former Minerva Mabry.
In later years, he was described as follows: "Slaughter, with penetrating black eyes, was only 5 feet 2 and often stuttered. But he wore a pearl-handled .44 and carried a 10-gauge, double-barreled, sawed-off shotgun, 'which was an equalizer.'"
After serving in the army of the Confederacy during the American Civil War, Slaughter was a member of the Texas Rangers before becoming a cattle business man around 1874. He and his brother formed a cattle-transporting company that took cattle to Mexico, California, Kansas, and New Mexico; one (if not the only) of his cattle drive bosses was his first cousin Lewis Warren Neatherlin (whose diary has been published), assisted by his brother James Franklin Neatherlin. It was in California that Slaughter became an avid poker player. He began to gamble in a compulsive way while in California.