1818 - 1881James R. Slack was born in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, on September 28,1818. He moved to Indiana in 1837. He was admitted to the bar on his 22nd birthday and moved to Huntington. Two years later he was elected county auditor, an office he held for 9 years. He also served in the Indiana State Senate for seven terms. After the outbreak of the Civil War Slack was appointed colonel of the 47th Indiana Volunteer Infantry Regiment, a unit of men from the 11th Congressional District organized at Anderson. Slack would assume the brigade leadership from time to time in the next four years of war. Slack led the regiment at the Battle of Champion Hill, part of the Battle of Vicksburg in 1863.
"His military career is worthy of grateful remember of his countrymen. He was wise in council, energetic in achievement, unflagging in zeal, ever vigilant true and unmurmuring. No officer looked more carefully after the interest and welfare at his command: hence their devotion to him to the last."
(From, an 1887 history of General Slack)
Returning to his law practice in Huntington, he was appointed to the eighth circuit court - bench and was elected for two more terms in 1872 and 1878. Slack ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 1880. His home was located on this site. He died on July 28,1881. He was buried in Mount Hope Cemetery in Huntington.
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|Date Added||Saturday, October 4th, 2014 at 1:28pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||16T E 626766 N 4527169|
|Decimal Degrees||40.88580000, -85.49531667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 40° 53.148', W 85° 29.719'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||40° 53' 8.88" N, 85° 29' 43.14" W|
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