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Dorothy Louise McIntosh Slaughter was born in 1929 in Lynch, Kentucky, a rural Appalachian community about as far removed from the bustling city of Rochester, NY (home to Eastman Kodak and later to Xerox and Bausch & Lomb, among many others) as you could imagine. But, perhaps even more amazing was that Slaughter went on to represent Rochester and the western New York region in Congress from 1987 until her death in 2018, after having served two terms in the New York State Assembly.
I had the privilege of knowing Louise for many years (if she knew you, you had to call her Louise; I was reprimanded many times for addressing her as ‘Congresswoman’) as we both worked to advance passenger rail in New York State. There was never any doubt that Louise was from Kentucky; she retained her distinctive accent her whole lived. Louise was a life-long Democrat and a strong progressive by most measures. But,
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