Slingerland, John I.
Born: 1804-03-01 Albany County, New York
Died: 1861-10-26 Albany County, New York
Flourished: Albany County, New York
Slingerland was a New York farmer and politician. He attended public schools in Albany County. After receiving his education, Slingerland became involved in agriculture. From 1843 to 1844, he served in the New York State Assembly. In 1846, he won election as a Whig to the U.S. House of Representatives. While serving in Congress, Slingerland made national headlines when he alerted anti-slavery activists to the plight of seventy-six slaves who had attempted to escape the slave ship,
Gravestone, Slingerland Family Vault, Slingerlands, NY; Biographical Directory of the American Congress 1774-1996 (Alexandria, VA: CQ Staff Directories, 1997), 1833; Josephine S. Pacheco, The Pearl: A Failed Slave Escape on the Potomac (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2005), 1, 84, 88, 92, 93, 94, 96-97, 98.