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Benjamin W. Slover, M. D. For fully thirteen years Dr. Slover has been successfully engaged in practice as a graduate physician in Oklahoma. For a number of years his services were given to the Durant community, but since 1912 he has been well established in his profession at Blanchard.
He was born in Cherokee County, Texas, December 23, 1873, a son of T. and Martha (Runnels) Slover. The Slover family first came to America and landed in Massachusetts during the first years of settlement in New England. Not long afterwards the Indians massacred all members of the Slover family except Abraham and John, and John survived to become the ancestor of Dr. Slover. T. Slover was born in Georgia in 1837, but was taken by his parents in 1847 to Texas, where he grew up. During the war between the states he was a Confederate soldier, was taken prisoner and kept in Arkansas until the war closed. His wife, Miss Martha Runnels, was born in Alabama in 1845 and died at Shawnee, Oklahoma, in 1901. They removed from Cherokee County in 1876 to Collin County, Texas. Mr. T. Slover has been a farmer and stockman all his active career and is now living retired at Sulphur, Oklahoma. His children are: Rachel, deceased, who married D. D. Boyle; S. P. Slover, deceased, who was a cotton buyer at Wynnewood; Frankie, widow of L. C. Lane; G. W. Slover, a physician at Sulphur; W. Z. Slover; Dr. John T. of Sulphur; Benjamin W. Slover; and J. L. Slover, living at Sulphur.
Benjamin W. Slover was reared in Collin County, Texas, and besides the public schools he finished his early education at Grayson College at Whitewright. When twenty years of age he entered the Missouri Medical College at St. Louis, spent one year there, and for three years altogether he was a student of Barnes Medical College at St. Louis. He did not pursue his studies in consecutive courses, but in the meantime was licensed as an undergraduate practitioner and followed his profession in Texas in the intervals of his student work. Dr. Slover was graduated M. D. from Barnes Medical College with the class of 1902.
He soon afterward came to Oklahoma and located at Durant, where he practiced from 1902 until 1909, and for the next three years carried on his profession in Comanche County, Oklahoma. Since August, 1912, he has had his home at Blanchard, with offices in the Stafford Building on Main Street, and he now enjoys a substantial general practice in medicine and surgery.
Doctor Slover is a democrat, and is a member of Blanchard Camp No. 518, Woodmen of the World. In January, 1895, in Leonard, Texas, Doctor Slover married Miss Lucy M. Lawrence. Her father, J. A. Lawrence, is a dealer in fruit trees at Durant, Oklahoma. To their marriage have been born two children: Robbie May, born January 1, 1896, and now the wife of E. B. Collinsworth, a rural mail carrier at Blanchard; and Hubert B., born December 25, 1902, and in the eighth grade of the public schools.