Frank R. Sleavin, assistant cashier of the First National Bank, has a knowledge of the banking business and is very popular among his associates, both in and out of business. He was born in Minneapolis on the 4th of March, 1888, a son of John J. and Margaret (Roeder) Sleavin. His father was born in Bangor, Maine, in 1860, came to Minnesota 1880, and was for many years engaged in the commission business in this city. He married Margaret E. Roeder in 1883. She was a daughter of John Roeder, who came to Minnesota in 1858 and was a dealer in furs and hides for many years. He died in 1892. Mr. J.J. Sleavin passed away in 1893 and is still survived by his widow.
In the acquirement of his education Frank R. Sleavin attended the public schools of Minneapolis and subsequently enrolled in the LaSalle Institute where he was a student for four years. After putting his textbooks aside he made his initial step into banking circles, becoming associated with the First National Bank, where he remained from 1905 to 1910. In the latter year he accepted a position as clerk with the North Side State Bank and served in that capacity until 1914, when he was made assistant cashier of the institution. He held that position until 1921, when the First National Bank took over the North Side State Bank, making of it an office. Mr. Sleavin was then made assistant cashier of the First National Bank, which position he still holds. There is no phase of the banking business with which Mr. Sleavin is not familiar and the success he has achieved in banking circles is due to constant application to the thing at hand and innate ability. He is now a stockholder in the institution. Upon the outbreak of the World war Mr. Sleavin was quick to put all personal interests aside and in August, 1917, in Minneapolis, he enlisted in the Engineer Corps. He was sent to Washington, D.C., and served as an officer in the chief engineer's office until December, 1918.
Mr. Sleavin is a stanch supporter of the republican party and the principles for which it stands. He has never sought nor desired public preferment, although he is essentially public-spirited and his aid can always be counted upon in the furtherance of any movement for the benefit of the community at large. Fraternally he is identified with the Knights of Columbus, and he holds membership in the Minneapolis Athletic Club and the Credit Men's Association. For recreation he turns to the great outdoors and he is exceptionally fond of golfing and water sports. Mr. Sleavin is unmarried. He makes his home with his mother, to whom he is devoted, and he is essentially a home man.
History of Minneapolis, Gateway to the Northwest edited by Rev. Marion Daniel Shutter, S.J. Clarke Publishing Co., Chicago-Minneapolis, 1923.