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Luther Clay Slavens

Luther Clay Slavens was born August 13, 1836, in Putnam County, Indiana.  His parents were Hiram B. and Sarah Holland Slavens, of Scotch-Irish descent.  Mr. Slavens' boyhood was spent upon a farm in Putman County.  He was educated at De Pauw University, 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 is 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's 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.
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