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W.H. Slavens.

W. H. Slavens, attorney at law, came to Kansas in the fall of 1868, and located at Neosho Falls. He edited and published the Neosho Falls Advertiser from 1870 until 1873. Has engaged in the practice of law ever since 1870. In 1874, he was elected County Attorney of Woodson County, and served two years; then resigned and moved to Humboldt, Allen County, and in 1878 was elected County Attorney of Allen County. Moved to Iola, the county seat, and remained until the fall of 1880, when he purchased the Yates Center News, which he edited and published until the spring of 1882. Since then, he has devoted his entire time to the practice of his profession. He was born in Putnam County, Ind., August 1, 1849, son of Reuben and Martha F. Slavens. Was educated at Asbury College, located at Greencastle, Ind. Taught one term in the winter of 1866-67, in Wright County, Iowa. Returned to Indiana, and remained there until the fall of 1868, when he moved to Kansas. He was married in Neosho Falls, Kan., April 28, 1872, to Mary O. Jones, an accomplished lady, and daughter of Judge I. S. Jones. By this union they have two children--Jessie L. and Queen Maud. They are members of the M. E. Church. He is also C. C., K. of P., Senior Warden of the Masonic lodge, member of Valley Chapter of Humboldt, Kan., and St. Bernard Commandery Knights Templar of Independence, Kan., and is Past Grand of the I. O. O. F. He is well read in his profession, and is one of the leading attorneys of Woodson County.

History of the State of Kansas, by William G. Cutler. A. T. Andreas, Chicago, IL, 1883.

William Henry Slavens.

Mr. Slavens was born in Putnam County, Indiana, August, 1849, came to Kansas in 1869, began the practice of law at Neosho Falls, Woodson county, in 1870, removed to Humboldt in 1876 where he remained until elected county attorney in 1878 when he removed to Iola. After the expiration of his term, he returned to Yates Center. He removed to Kansas City, Kansas, where he died in 1897.

Mr. Slavens possessed in a high degree many of the qualities necessary for a successful lawyer. He was bright, genial, and likeable, and exceptionally influential with the jury. He represented Woodson county in the Legislature in 1884 and 1886.

History of the State of Kansas, by William G. Cutler. A. T. Andreas, Chicago, IL, 1883.