Thomas J. Slavin was born in Zanesville, Ohio Feb. 5, 1838. He moved with his mother and other members of his family to Rose Creek, Mower county, Minnesota, in 1856. Form there he went south and worked at his trade as plasterer in Memphis, Tenn., until the civil war broke out, when, in 1861, he moved to La Crosse, Wis. Soon afterward moving to Winona, where for over forty years he has made his home. Mr. Slavin represented Winona county in the state legislature during the session of 1887. That was the year when the high license law was enacted, of which he was a strong advocate.
He was one of the charter members of the old Father Mathew society, with which he was affiliated for thirty-three years. Mr. Slavin was brought up in the Catholic faith, and remained during his life a faithful member of that church. He was united in marriage in December, 1865, to Miss Catherine Gallagher, who survives him. He leaves a brother, M.J. SIavin of Austin, and an adopted son and niece, John Slavin and Miss Margaret Gallagher, both of this city. He was a man of strong character, great force, strict integrity, and distinguished for his unyielding devotion to his friends and his principles. He suffered greatly for several months during his last sickness, but bore it all with great patience and Christian resignation. Rev. Father Gallagher of this city was a brother-in-law of Mr. Slavin's and was a member of his family from his boyhood, and thru his fatherly generosity Father Gallagher was educated for the priest hood. The funeral was held this morning from St. Thomas pro-cathedral under the direction of the Catholic Knights, of which he was an honored member. The interment was in St. Mary’s cemetery.
Winona (Minnesota) Republican and Herald, June 13, 1904.