D. French Slaughter, Jr.

Daniel French Slaughter Jr. ( born May 20, 1925 in Culpeper, Virginia; † October 2, 1998 in Charlottesville, Virginia ) was an American politician. Between 1985 and 1991 he represented the state of Virginia in the U.S. House of Representatives.


French Slaughter attended the common schools and later the Virginia Military Institute. Between 1943 and 1947 he served in the U.S. Army. After a subsequent law studies at the University of Virginia and his 1953 was admitted to the bar he began to work in Culpeper in this profession. Politically Slaughter was a member of the Democratic Party. Between 1958 and 1978 he sat in the House of Representatives from Virginia. In the early 1960s he was an opponent of the elimination of racial barriers in schools. 1974 left the Democratic Party. Later he joined the Republicans. From 1978 to 1982 Slaughter was a member of the governing body of the University of Virginia. From 1980 to 1982 he served as rector there. Between 1981 and 1984 he worked on the staff of the Army Secretary.

In the congressional elections of 1984, Slaughter was the seventh constituency of Virginia in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of J. Kenneth Robinson on January 3, 1985. After three re- elections he could remain until his resignation on November 5, 1991 at the Congress. His resignation took place after a series of strokes. He died on 2 October 1998 in Charlottesville.