Biography of William Brennan


Brennan, William, Buffalo, jailer, Erie county, is one of a family of three sons and two daughters of Michael and Honora (Walsh) Brennan, and was born in county Kilkenny, Ireland, April 7, 1847. His father, a cooper by trade, came to America about 1851 and a year later sent for his family and settled in Buffalo, where both parents died. The children all received good educational advantages. James Brennan is a priest in Buffalo; Edward J. a physician in Indianapolis; Mary is mother superior of St. Joseph's Convent, and Bridget is the wife of William Walsh of Buffalo. William Brennan was early noted for his industry. Leaving school when a boy he was first employed on a railroad and later on a dairy farm and by economy and thrift finally bought a milk route, which proved successful. In 1872 he purchased his present farm in Cheektowaga, near the city line, where he has since resided. He bought this farm of the man he formerly worked for, and still continues his large milk business. At one time he also had a grocery store in Buffalo. From 1881 to 1886 he was engaged in the produce commission business, and since then he has been a dealer in real estate. He has always been an active Democrat, has frequently been a delegate to local conventions and served as a justice of the peace of Cheektowaga for sixteen years and as a justice of sessions two years. He has been a trustee of the village of Sloan since its incorporation in 1896, and in January, 1898, was appointed jailer judge of Erie county by Sheriff Andrew Kiligallon. He is a member of the C. M. B. A. and the C. B. L., a man of good judgment and great energy, and a prominent factor in political affairs. In 1872 he married Rosana, daughter of John Ferguson and their children are James C., Albert E., William H., Alice G,. and Rose Mary.

Our County and its people
A descriptive work on Erie County, New York
Edited by: Truman C. White
The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898


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