Slaughter, C. C. (Christopher Columbus), Papers, 1877-1953 and undated

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Creator: Slaughter, C. C. (Christopher Columbus), 1837-1919

Collection #: S 929.1

Language: English

Biographical Sketch

Born in 1837 in Sabine County, Texas, C. C. established frontier ranch in Palo Pinto County, Texas, in 1857 with his father, George Webb Slaughter, and his brothers. During the civil war, C. C. served in the frontier militia and in the Texas Rangers. Afterwards, he drove cattle over Chisholm Trail and later moved operations to West Texas where, by 1905, he owned 40,000 cattle and controlled over one million acres.

He married twice, first to Cynthia Anna Jowell in 1861, with whom he had five children, and then to Carrie Averill in 1877, with whom he had four children. Before his death in 1919, he had founded the American National Bank of Dallas (1884) and cofounded the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (1877), the Texas Baptist Education Commission (1897) and the Baylor Hospital of Dallas, Texas (1904).

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of correspondence, financial and legal material, photographs, and printed material pertaining to Slaughter and his family. A large portion of the materials deaf with legal materials pertaining to Slaughter's death and the division of his estate (1921).


Open for Research

Related Material

For related materials in the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, see the following collections:

++Ira Byrd oral history interview [sound recording], 1969

++Hiley Thompson Boyd, Jr. oral history interview [sound recording], 1970

++Nettie Hyatt and Joe Bridges oral history interview [sound recording], 1975

++Mr. and Mrs. Robert Jennings oral history interview [sound recording], 1973

++Mrs. M. C. Linsey oral history interview [sound recording], 1975

++Lynn County (Tex.), Photographs, 1900-1950

++Ralph McWhorter oral history interview [sound recording], 1979

++Mrs. J. F. Reeves oral history interview [sound recording], 1970s

++Jot Smyth oral history interview [sound recording], 1959

Preferred Citation

Christopher Columbus (C. C>) Slaughter Papers, 1877-1953 and undated, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

Accession Information

Gift, 1969

Processing Information

Abel Ramirez, 2000

Additional Sources

Murrah, David J. "C. C. Slaughter, Rancher, Banker, Baptist." Austin: University of Texas Press, 1981.

Murrah, David J. "A Cattle Kingdom on Texas' Last Frontier: C. C. Slaughter's Lazy S Ranch." Thesis (M. A.)--Texas Tech University, 1970.

Collection Inventory


Box 1

Financial Documents

Legal Documents

Literary Productions


Printed Material


Scrapbook Material



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