John Lewis Brenner

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John Lewis Brenner
John Lewis Brenner 1899.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 3rd district
In office
March 4, 1897 – March 3, 1901
Preceded by Paul J. Sorg
Succeeded by Robert M. Nevin
Personal details
Born (1832-02-02)February 2, 1832
Wayne Township, Montgomery County, Ohio
Died November 1, 1906(1906-11-01) (aged 74)
Dayton, Ohio
Resting place Woodland Cemetery
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Josephine Moore
Profession Tobacco dealer
For other people named John Brenner, see John Brenner (disambiguation).

John Lewis Brenner (February 2, 1832 – November 1, 1906) was a farmer, nurseryman, businessman and member of the United States House of Representatives from Ohio.

John L. Brenner was born in Wayne Township, Montgomery County, Ohio, the son of Jacob S. Brenner and Sarah Ann Matthews. His parents left Virginia because of a dislike of slavery and settled in Ohio; Jacob was a miller and farmer. John Brenner worked on his father's farm in the summer and attended the local public schools in the winter. He finished his education at the Springfield (Ohio) Academy.

John Brenner married Josephine Moore and farmed in Wayne township until 1862. He then became interested in the nursery business which he pursued very successfully until 1872. In 1866, he moved to Dayton, Ohio, then emerging as a center of tobacco agriculture in Ohio, where he became a merchant in leaf tobacco.

John L. Brenner was elected a member of the City of Dayton board of police commissioners, serving from 1885 to 1887. In 1896, Brenner was elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-fifth Congress and re-elected to another term in the Fifty-sixth Congress. Ohio's third district was at the time evenly divided between the two parties, and Mr. Brenner's plurality at each election was barely 100 votes. Brenner was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1900.

After his congressional service, John Lewis Brenner returned to Dayton and resumed his former occupation as a dealer in leaf tobacco. He died in Dayton and was interred in Woodland Cemetery, Dayton, Ohio.

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