Slidell, John

born 1793, New York, N.Y., U.S.
died July 29, 1871, London, Eng.

U.S. and Confederate diplomat.

He practiced law in New Orleans from 1819, then served in the U.S. House of Representatives (1843–45) and Senate (1853–61). In the American Civil War he joined the Confederate foreign service. En route to France to seek support for the Confederacy, he and James Murray Mason were seized from the British steamer Trent by a Union vessel (see Trent Affair).

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▪ American diplomat
born 1793, New York, N.Y., U.S.
died July 29, 1871, London, Eng.
 U.S. and Confederate diplomat whose seizure with James M. Mason precipitated the Trent Affair during the American Civil War.

      A graduate of Columbia College in 1810, Slidell moved to New Orleans, La., in 1819, where he practiced maritime law, married into a distinguished Creole family, and participated actively in politics. He sat in the U.S. Congress from 1843 to 1845.

      In 1845 he was sent to Mexico by President James K. Polk to secure territorial concessions and at the same time to avert the approaching war with that country. Though he was not received officially by the Mexican government, he remained as an observer until the eve of war. Returning to the United States, he represented Louisiana in the U.S. Senate from 1853 to 1861. He was a staunch supporter of President James Buchanan and a vigorous opponent of Stephen A. Douglas.

      When Louisiana seceded, Slidell cast his lot with the Confederacy (Confederate States of America). Entering the Confederate foreign service, he was sent to France in late 1861, but on his way there he and Mason were removed by a Federal man-of-war from the British steamer Trent (Trent Affair) and imprisoned at Fort Warren in Boston harbour. The British government strongly protested this action, and the two men were released in January 1862 at President Abraham Lincoln's insistence and over Secretary of State William H. Seward's objections. In France, Slidell's relations with Napoleon III, though cordial, remained unofficial. Thus this second mission, like that to Mexico, had little result, save that financial negotiations with the Erlangers of Paris and Frankfurt led to the Confederate cotton loan of 1863.

      Following General Robert E. Lee's surrender at Appomattox, Va., in 1865, Slidell and his family lived in Paris until the Franco-German War, when he moved to London.

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