On February 9, 1837, rancher Christopher Columbus (Lum) Slaughter was born in Sabine County. Slaughter claimed to be the first male child born of a marriage contracted under the Republic of Texas.

About 1877 he established one of the largest ranches in West Texas, the Long S, on the headwaters of the Colorado River, and around 1898 he bought almost 250,000 acres in Cochran and Hockley counties and established the Lazy S Ranch.

Frequently titled the "Cattle King of Texas," Slaughter became one of the country's largest individual owners of cattle and land (more than 1 million acres and 40,000 cattle by 1906) and was for years the largest individual taxpayer in Texas.

Slaughter died Janusary 25, 1919, and is buried in Greenwood Cemetery, Dallas (From Texas State Historical Association).

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