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Mary Chase and Miss Kate Bren
nan, who kept house for him.
With the members of the fam
ily at his bedside yesterday was
his oldest friend, Austin Doyle,
former chief of police of Chicago.
Doyle used to be Brennan's part
ner in a plastering business, and
was his best friend when he start
ed out on his political career.
Brennan was born in Countv
Wexford, Ireland, June 29, 1849.
Starvation drove him from his na
tive land when he was only 16. He
came to America and first settled
The penniless immigrant boy
then came to Chicago and settled
down in that part of the Eigh
teenth Ward that then was the
Eleventh Ward. He worked first
at his trade of a cooper. Then he
formed the plastering partnership
Still later he opened a saloon at
Madison and Desplaines streets,
and soon began to make his pow
er felt politically. He first was a
lieutenant of Aid. Gaynor, who
then was boss of the ward, and
later supplanted Gaynor.
In 1889 Brennan's friends in
duced him to run for alderman
against John Rogers. He won,
and has been in the council ever
So-called reformers fought
Brennan bitterly every election,
but to no purpose. He was loved
too well by the men who kept him
in the council, and who knew that
he would stick to them to the last
any time they were in trouble,
and that when they were down
andout they only had to turn to
'Red" Brennan to get a lift.
Brennan understood the voters
of his ward, one of the most pe
culiarly constituted in the city.
The Eighteenth is full of big
manufacturing concerns, neither
the owners nor employes of
which live in the ward. The big
majority of the voters are the
men of the lodging houses. And
Brennan understood them and
served them in the way they
wanted to be served.
Brennan diedworth somewhere
in the neighborhood of $800,000.
It recently was discovered that
Brennan had built a Catholic
church in County Wexford, Ire
land, near his birthplace, and do
nated it to the county.
Brennan was a member of St.
Patrick's church. Funeral serv
ices will be held there, and inter
ment probably will be in Calvary
1 i '
"Why don't you do something
useful be of some benefit to the
"Why, I do! I give employ
ment to several deserving men."