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Brennan, Philip, was born at Rochester, N. Y., February 4, 1853, a son of Edward and Ann (McDermit) Brennan, who were natives of Ireland and came to this country at a very early date and settled in Quebec, Canada, and later removed to Rochester, N.Y. When Philip was quite young his parents removed to the town of Pinckney, Lewis county, where he attended the district schools, and also the High School at Lowville. His first business experience was as manager for Hon. D. C. Littlejohn of Redfield, Oswego county, in whose employ he remained for eleven years. At this date he removed to Jefferson county and began business on his own account. During his residence in the town of Worth he was elected supervisor for one year. He then built a hotel at New Boston, which he conducted for a short time and sold out and removed to Watertown. He worked at the carpenter's trade there until 1890, when the contracting and building firm' of Brennan, Hodge & O'Brien was organized and since then he has given his entire time and attention to the company's extensive affairs. Mr. Brennan is a practical mechanic and it is through his efforts that the firm has grown to be the leading builders of the city. November 1, 1881, Mr. Brennan married Rosa A., daughter of Garrett and Mary (Smith) Doyle of Lewis county, and they have four children: William F., twelve years of age; Henry I., ten; Mary, three, and George W., one.

Our County and it's people
A descriptive work on Jefferson County, New York
Edited by: Edgar C. Emerson
The Boston History Co., Publishers 1898

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