P. BRENNAN, a general merchant and prominent citizen of L'Anse,
Baraga County, Michigan, was born in Ireland March 2, 1846, and is a
of John and Mary (Comerford) Brennan, both of whom were also natives
John Brennan came to America shortly after the death of his wife, which
occurred when our subject was 10 years of age. His brother, James
Brennan, had settled at Detroit, Michigan, in 1824, and started the
shop in that city. James Brennan died at Detroit in 1866, five years
John Brennan joined him there, the latter's death occurring in the same
Five members of the parental family of 10 children still survive,
Mrs. Martin Kelsey, a widow, resides near Keweenaw Bay; Rev. B. F., who
spent some 10 years in America, but is now a priest in Ireland; Mrs. B.
McCauley, who lives near Keweenaw Bay; P., our subject; and Michael, a
lawyer of Detroit, Michigan.
Mr. Brennan of this sketch received his early education in the schools
of his native country, and reached Detroit, Michigan, with his father
He embarked in a dry goods business with his brother in that city and
continued there until July, 1870, when he removed to L'Anse, Baraga
In 1872 he settled on his present site, but had previously operated a
store between Keweenaw Bay and Baraga, and was one of the earliest
and business men of what is now the very flourishing town of L'Anse. He
carries a large and well selected stock of general merchandise and is
considered one of the leading business men of the place.
Mr. Brennan was married September 7, 1876, at L'Anse, to Anna A.
Brady, who is a daughter of John Brady, one of the earliest settlers of
Ontonagon County, Michigan, locating there in 1852. Mr. Brady removed
L'Anse in 1871 and for several years conducted a store here. His death
took place in 1898, at the age of 71 years. Mr. and Mrs. Brennan have a
family of seven children, as follows: John E., who is foreman for the
Pittsburg & Lake Erie Iron Company at L'Anse, Michigan; Agnes,
C., Hubert, Leo and Berenice, all at home, the younger ones still being students. Mr. Brennan has most
efficiently served as a member of the Council and at one time was township treasurer. He has
also been a useful member of the Board of Education.
Source: Biographical Record, Houghton, Baraga and Marquette Counties. Chicago: Biographical Publishing