Brennan Children

Mae and Thomas Jr. in a Goat Cart

Mae and Thomas Jr. in a goat cart in the backyard of the Brennan House.

Mae Bruce Brennan (1870-1959) was a graduate from Wellsely College in Cincinnati and the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. She first married Lewis Z. Shallcross of Anchorage, Kentucky and divorced him in 1903. Mae married Lanier Washington of New York in 1906 and divorced again. A gifted pianist and multi-linguist, Mae travelled extensively in Europe with her sister Beulah. Mae lived in New York City with her brother Albert and was known for her extraordinary beauty and fashion style. She was referred to as "the beauty of Louisville." Childless, Mae died on July 10, 1959 and was interred in Cave Hill Cemetery.

Thomas Munn Brennan (1870-1870) was the first son born on November 16, 1870. Like the four generations before him he was named Thomas, but he died in infancy.

Henry Martyn Brennan

Portrait of a young Henry.

Henry Martyn Brennan (1872-1948) was educated at the Highland Military Academy in Worcester, Massachusetts. Henry worked for his father's company Brennan & Co. until the company was sold in 1901. In 1909 he helped establish the Arctic Ice Company and was its president until it sold in 1915. From 1915 through 1923 he was president of the Metropolitan Realty Company. Upon his retirement in 1923, Henry traveled widely in Europe. He was appointed U.S. Collector of Customs by President Roosevelt for the Port of Louisville in 1934, which he held until his death on May 29, 1948. Unmarried and childless, Henry was interred in Cave Hill Cemetery.

Albert Andrew Brennan and Babe Ruth

Babe Ruth, Jacob Ruppert (owner of the New York Yankees), and Albert Brennan.

Albert Andrew Brennan (1874-1971) graduated from Centre College in Danville, Kentucky. Albert spent most of adult life in New York City and served as executive assistant to Jacob Ruppert, owner of the New York Yankees for 40 years. Albert also served as the treasurer of the New York Yankees from 1920-1945. After his retirement, Albert returned to Louisville, where he donated many antiques from his New York residence to the Filson Historical Society, of which he, in addition to his brothers and sisters, were endowment members. Unmarried, he died at the age of 97 on September 29, 1971 and was interred in Cave Hill Cemetery.

Thomas Brennan Jr. (1876-1939) was an outstanding athlete at Manual Training High School. After graduation, he attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he studied engineering. He then went to work for his father at Brennan & Co. until it was sold in 1901. Thomas then worked for an agricultural implements manufacturer near Chicago. He returned to Louisville in 1936 after suffering a paralytic stroke, living in the family home until his death in 1939. Unmarried, he was interred in Cave Hill Cemetery.

Robert and Beulah on the Porch

Robert and Beulah on the front steps of the Brennan House.

Dr. Robert Emery Brennan (1879-1969) attended Louisville Male High School and graduated from University of Louisville School of Medicine in 1900. From 1900 through 1906 he pursued post-graduate work in London, Vienna, and Paris. During the First World War he served as a Junior Lieutenant in the U.S. Medical Corps. Robert went on to practice in New York, where he was a professor of surgery at New York Polyclinic School and Hospital for almost 50 years. He treated actor Jack Dempsey and author Damon Runyon. Robert married to Adele Carpenter in 1927, but they never had children. After Adele’s death and his retirement, Robert returned to Louisville in 1962 with his brother Albert. He died March 31, 1969 at the age of 90 and was interred in Cave Hill Cemetery.


J.A.O. Brennan and nurses

Dr. J.A.O. Brennan and his nurses.

Dr. John Arvid Ochterlony Brennan (1880-1963) graduated from University of Louisville School of Medicine in 1901 and completed three years of post-graduate study in Vienna, Paris, Berlin, and London. During World War I he served as a Captain in the Medical Corps, stationed at Army Hospital 28 at Fort Sheridan, Illinois. J.A.O. had a long affiliation with St. Anthony's Hospital and maintained an active practice throughout his life. In 1912 he added an office on to the Brennan House for his medical practice. On September 1, 1963, at the age of 83, he passed away childless. Burial followed in Cave Hill Cemetery.

Beulah Bruce Brennan (1882-1952) studied music at the Sorbonne in Paris where she was an accomplished violinist and pianist. Before World War II she travelled extensively in Europe giving concerts with her sister Mae who served as accompanist on the piano. The occurrence of World War II brought her memorable career to a close. In later years, Beulah divided her time between Louisville, New York City with her siblings and Europe. Unmarried, she died February 27, 1952 and was interred in Cave Hill Cemetery.

Napoleon Brennan in front of Stable

Napoleon on the steps of an outbuilding in the back yard of the Brennan House.

Napoleon Bruce Brennan (1886-1977) was educated at Centre College, Kentucky, and the University of Louisville Law School. He entered the practice of law with Frederick Forcht and William H. Field in Louisville, and then served as a lawyer with Roy Curtis at Fidelity and Casualty Company. Napoleon served in the Federal Bureau of Investigation for 3 years. He then worked in the insurance business with Levi Bloom and Richard Hermann. Napoleon married Opal Godfrey sometime between 1965 and 1975, but the exact year is unknown.

Brennan Children