L.C. Slavens was born in Putnam County, Ind., August 13, 1836. He was educated in the classical department of the Asbury University, now known as the DePauw University, at Greencastle, Ind., graduating in 1858. He delivered the master's oration in 1861, and at that time received the degree of Master of Arts. He graduated at the law department of that institution in 1860, and began the practive of law at Greencastle, Ind., with Miles J. Fletcher, under the firm name of Fletcher & Slavens. This partnership lasted until 1860. At the outbreak of the war he removed to Covington, Ind., and formed a partnership with W.H. Mallory, under the firm name of Mallory & Slavens, which lasted until 1865, when he came to Kansas City, and has been in the practice of law ever since, alone except for five years of that time.
Kansas City, MO Its History & Its People 1808-1908,
by Carrie Westlake Whitney, S.J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1908
was born August 13, 1836, in Putnam County, Indiana. His parents were of Scotch-Irish descent. Mr. Slavens' boyhood was spent upon a farm in Putnam County. He was educated at DePauw University, in Greencastle, Ind., from which he was graduated in 1858, completing both the law and classical courses. January 8, 1861, he married Miss Sallie Boggs Shelby, and began the practice of law in Covington, Ind., moving thence to Kansas City in 1865, where he has ever since remained.
As City Counselor and member of the Board of Public Works, he served the city with great efficiency, one of the most distinguished services being in connection with the transfer of the waterworks system from private to municipal ownership. He was one of the ablest members of an able bar unswerving in his devotion to principle.
The exacting demands of a busy professional career have not engrossed Mr. Slavens' attention to the exclusion of matters of public and political moment. In 1880 he was a delegate to the National Republican Convention which nominated Garfield, and he has actively identified himself with the political movements of more recent years.
Mr. and Mrs. Slavens have three daughters, Lulu, Mattie, and Dade, all married.
Men Who Are Making Kansas City, A Biographical Directory,
by George Creel and John Slavens, Hudson Kimberly, Kansas City, 1902.