Abraham Owen Brannin

Abraham Owen Brannin

Death 30 Jun 1903 (aged 83)
Burial Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, USA
Plot SECTION G Lot 10- Grave: 12
Memorial ID 101120040 · View Source
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July 1, 1903

Came to A. O. Brannin at Age of Eighty-Four
Retired, however, several years ago

Abraham O. Brannin

Mr. Abraham O. Brannin, one of the oldest and most active business men of this city and State, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. John H. Brand, 1405 Third Avenue, yesterday morning. He was taken ill with dysentery last Thursday and sank rapidly. Dr. Joseph W. Irwin says the trouble was brought on by old age, as Mr. Brannin was eighty-four years of age. Before he died there was a slight change for the better and his friends deemed recovery certain, but his spent strength was too frail to stand the strain, and after a rather quiet night, he passed away. Until lately he had been enjoying the best of health and had seldom been troubled by the disease which caused his death. He had led a remarkably active life full of heart work and concentration. This told much upon him, in his last hours.
Mr. Brannin was the son of Mr. Daniel Brannin, of New Castle, and was born on the farm of his father in 1819. He received a good education, and in 1848 decided to choose a business career for his life’s work, and attracted by the glamour of a city, made his way to Louisville, to try his fortunes. From the first his marked talents won him universal success and praise. He engaged in mercantile pursuits and rose rapidly. In the early fifties he united with Mr. Tucker in the firm of Brannin & Tucker, which was located at the southwest corner of Fourth Avenue and Main streets and which did a successful business.
He continued a steadily in his business until the out-break of the Civil War. During that time he engaged in politics with marked success. He never held an office of any note, but was a recognized leader and power in the State. He was an ardent democrat of the old Jackson stamp. When the trouble began to break, he chose the cause of the Confederacy and espoused it on every occasion. He became so violent that he incurred the enmity of the Republicans and was arrested and cast into jail for proclaiming treasonous doctrines. He soon escaped and determined to make his way to New York and see if he could aid the cause there, since his power was crippled in his own State. When he arrived in that city, he engaged once more in the banking business and success. He did all in his power to aid the Confederates and contribute largely to their support, although he did not join the army.


When the war came to a close, and peace was declared, Mr. Brannin once more sought this city and reopened his old business. He organized the Western Financial Corporation, of which he became the cashier. Out of this concern grew the Bank of Commerce.
Later Mr. Brannin withdrew from the banking interests, and sought a new line of work. He conceived the plan of organizing the Boone Tobacco Warehouse. This was done with great success, with John H. Brand and Thomas Glover as partners.
All his enterprises had been successful, and in 1887, Mr. Brannin, tired of the rush and turmoil of business, retired from active life and spent his remaining years with his daughter, Mrs. Brand.
Mr. Brannin, in conjunction with Mr. H. O. Newcomb was responsible for the building of the Galt House This was done by the Western Finance Association. Later the two were separated and conducted by different directors. He was also the originator with Messrs. H. D. Newcomb, J. S. Trabue, J. B. Smith, William B. Hamilton, Samuel Hamilton, J. M. Robinson, R. A. Robison and others, formed the first Board of Trade after the close of the war. The present board is a direct outgrowth of that one. He was also a prominent member of the character convention which gave the city its charter previous to the present one. He took an active interest in all local affairs and was never tiring in doing his duty as a citizen.
He was especially fond of the country and loved to go out and spend days on the farm. He owned several large and well stocked farms through the state and was an enthusiastic breeder of stock, although horses never appealed to him.
IN business, he was prompt in keeping an engagement and his words was as good as his bond. He was noted for his integrity and engaged the respect and esteem of all his associates He was a man of undoubted capacity and usually carried to a successful completion those things which he attempted.
In 1842, Mr. Brannin married Miss Roberts, daughter of Gen. Roberts, of New Castle. Three years ago she died. Besides Mrs. Brand, he is survived by four other daughters – Mrs. Thomas Gaylord, of New York; Mrs. W. H. Campbell, of Mt. Washington, Ohio; Mrs. Ben Ridgely and Mrs. Louis A. Sherley, of this city.
The funeral services will take place from St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, corner Second and Kentucky Streets, at 4 o’clock p.m. tomorrow. The interment will be private.
Vernon Purvis

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Gravesite Details Burial Date: 07/02/1903

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