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Name:    Slayback, Alonzo W.
Category:  Education, Politics and Government
Born/Started:    1838
Died/Ended:    1882
Description:    Alonzo W. Slayback was a Confederate war hero and founder of St. Louis´ Veiled Prophet Parade. An editor of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch murdered him in 1882 after Slayback had accused him of blackmail, which led to the cancellation of approximately 1,300 Post subscribers.

During the Civil War, Slayback tendered his services to Gen. Sterling Price, then Commander of the Missouri State Guard. On 23 Sept. 1861, after the victorious battle of Lexington, Slayback was elected colonel of a Missouri State Guard cavalry regiment and was commissioned by Gov. Claiborne Jackson.

In later years, he was very active in the city´s social, business, and political arenas. Besides being a delegate from the Second Congressional District of Missouri to the Democratic Presidential Convention of 1876, he was elected president of the Law Library Association; was two-term vice-president of the Bar Association of St. Louis; a member of the University Club, Merchant´s Exchange, Merchant´s Benevolent Society, Legion of Honor, and Elks Club; and an honorary member of the Knights of St. Patrick.

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