Maria Mathilde Slidell (Déslonde)
Daughter of André Deslondes, Major and Rosine-Henriette Chastant
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About Maria Mathilde Slidell
Louisiana-born Marie Slidell was a well- respected member of Washington society during her husband’s years as US senator from Louisiana, 1853–61. She was noted for her intellect, grace, and vivacity. As A. L. Diket writes in his 1982 work Senator John Slidell and the Community He Represented in Washington, 1853 –1861 , “Marie Mathilde was not only beautiful. Her manner was gay and her taste impeccable. Her reputation as a hostess grew with the years. Long after she and her husband were gone from the United States her soirees were recalled by Washingtonians with nostalgic pleasure.” Following Marie Slidell’s death, in 1870, John Slidell wrote to his brother-in-law, “I have great consolation in the consciousness that in our married life of 35 years there had been no cloud between us: had there been, it must have been my fault, for in all her relations, domestic and social, it would have been difficult to find any human being nearer perfection.