Samuel J. Slavens, engaged in the investment business in Detroit and a prominent figure in its financial circles, was born in Ohio, December 24, 1894, a son of Charles S. and Cora A. (Dever) Slavens, who are residents of Jackson, Ohio, the father now living retired.

Liberal educational advantages were accorded Samuel J. Slavens, who was graduated from the University of Michigan with the Bachelor of Arts degree in 1917 and who there completed the law course as a member of the class of 1920. In the meantime he had enlisted in January, 1918, and had gone to the third officers' training school at Camp Custer, where he won the rank of second lieutenant, serving as such at Camp Lee. He then finished his law studies but never engaged in practice. Arriving in Detroit in 1920, he turned his attention to land contracts, investments and mortgages, and continuing his operations in this field, he also handles real estate, appraisals and insurance. The business was organized and incorporated in 1930 under the name of S. J. Slavens & Company with Mr. Slavens as the president and directing head. His plans are well formulated and carefully executed, and his long experience enables him to speak with authority upon all intricate and involved questions relative to the business. He is likewise the president of the Slavens-Smith Land Company, a real estate holding company, and the president of the Wayne Commercial Company, an investment trust organization. He likewise deals in real and personal properties and securities, and what he undertakes he carries forward to successful completion.

Mr. Slavens was married in 1920 to Miss Ruth L. Senff, of Highland Park, a suburb of Detroit, and a daughter of Harmon N. and Ida (Graber) Senff, and they now have two sons, Richard Samuel and John Stewart, aged respectively seven and three years.

Mr. Slavens has been a member of the Delta Theta Phi fraternity since his college days. He belongs to the Detroit Bar Association, the Detroit Real Estate Board and the Corinthian Lodge of Masons. Along more strictly social lines he has connection with the Detroit Boat Club, the Birmingham Golf Club and the Savoyard Club. He is yet a young man but has already attained a position in the business world which many of his seniors might well envy, and the qualities which he has displayed argue well for further success in the future.

History of Wayne County and the city of Detroit, Michigan
Clarence M. Burton, M. Agnes Burton, editors; H.T.O. Blue and Gordon K. Miller, associate editors.
S.J. Clarke, Chicago, 1930.