George Webb Slaughter was born in Mississippi on this date in 1811. He was a courier for Sam Houston during the Texas Revolution; he and his bride Sarah Jane were the first couple to be married in the Republic of Texas. In 1857 he set up a ranch five miles north of the site of present Palo Pinto, preaching and practicing medicine in addition to ranching. According to historian J. Marvin Hunter, "he ordained more preachers and organized more churches than any other person in the state of Texas." During the Civil War, he had a contract with the Confederate government to furnish beef for the Tonkawa Indians. In 1867, Slaughter and his son Christopher drove a herd of steers from Palo Pinto to Shreveport, Louisiana; then in 1870, they drove 3,000 head up the Chisholm Trail to Kansas. Slaughter continued to make northern drives until 1875. Settling back in Palo Pinto, Slaughter ranched in partnership with another son until his later years. George Webb Slaughter is considered to be one of the great trail drivers of Texas.
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