|Birth: ||Nov. 14, 1816|
New York, USA
|Death: ||Mar. 16, 1904|
He was a prominent Republican politician and friend of Abraham Lincoln, well known as the builder of the famous Brewster house at Freeport, Ill. The Brewster House was the site of the Lincoln-Douglas Debates on August 27,1858, as well as the was the headquarters of both Stephen Douglas and Abraham Lincoln during the debates.
In 1839 John K. Brewster settled at Oneco, Illinois, and in 1849 he became a resident of Freeport, Illinois, and soon was ranked as one of its most successful citizens. He disposed of his interests at Freeport in 1870, and removed to Colorado that year and to Canon City, as a representative of the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad Company to purchase land for its right-of-way, arriving November, 1870.
On the termination of his connection with that company, he became the agent of the Central Colorado Improvement Company, which later became the Colorado Fuel and Iron Company, and in that capacity purchased a large amount of coal land in the county. He was instrumental in procuring for Canon City its present railroad facilities and, more than anyone else, was responsible for the inauguration of the movement; to develop its coal resources.
Mr. Brewster was a devoted, conscientious adherent of the Presbyterian Church; was one of the charter members of that organization in Canon City, and active in all its benevolences and enterprises. He was one of the first elders and held that office continuously until his death.
His eighty-seventh birthday anniversary was commemorated at the First Presbyterian Church, a large number of his friends taking part in the celebration. Elder Brewster, who was in his eighty-eighth year at his death, was probably the oldest man in Canon City, and had an acquaintance in Fremont County equaled by but few of its citizens.
Oliver Wadsworth Brewster (1791 - 1872)
Statira Stow Brewster (1787 - 1854)
Emily L. Brewster (1832 - 1899)
Hannah Rice Keep Brewster (1814 - 1849)*
Albert Wells Brewster (1842 - 1909)*
Hannah Emily Brewster Helm (1852 - 1922)*
Clara Statira Brewster Griest (1854 - 1934)*
John Kinney Brewster (1856 - 1933)*
Milton Ayers Brewster (1860 - 1870)*
Ralph Jackson Brewster (1861 - 1913)*
June Brewster Ward (1876 - 1961)*
John Kinney Brewster (1816 - 1904)
Daniel Stow Brewster (1819 - 1901)*
Oliver Mills Brewster (1827 - 1865)*
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Record added: Apr 09, 2009
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