Leslie Coombs Brand

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Leslie Coombs Brand (1859–1925) was an American real estate developer. He is best known for developing Glendale, California.

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Leslie Coombs Brand was born on May 12, 1859 in Florissant, Missouri.[1][2] His father was Joseph Coombs Brand (1827–1869) and his mother, Virginia Coombs Hance Brand (1831–1899).[1] He had two sisters, Helen Brand and Ada Broker.[2] Their father died when he was ten years old.[2]

Career[edit]

At the age of twenty, he moved to Moberly, Missouri to work in an office.[2] He eventually started his own real estate company.[2]

He moved to Los Angeles, California and, together with E.W. Sargent, he established the Los Angeles Abstract Co. on the corner of Temple and New High streets.[2] In the 1890s, they sold their company.[2] His oil investment in Saugus, Santa Clarita, California led to nothing, and he left for Galveston, Texas, to work in real estate.[2] He stayed at the Tremont Hotel in the Strand Historic District.[2]

Back in California, he developed the city of Glendale, California.[1][3][4] Together with Henry E. Huntington (1850–1927), he brought Pacific Electric to the town to develop it.[4]

Personal life[edit]

He married Lulu Broughton in 1883, but she died a few months later.[2] He later remarried to Mary Louise Brand (1871–1945).[1] His sister married the architect Nathaniel Dryden (1849–1924). Later, his brother-in-law designed his private residence in Glendale called El Miradero; it is now 'Brand Library'/ section of the Glendale Public Library. He died on April 10, 1925 in Glendale, California.[1][2] He was buried in the Brand Family Cemetery in Glendale. [1]

Legacy[edit]

  • The 'Brand Library' section of the Glendale Public Library is named in his honor.[2]
  • Brand Boulevard in Glendale is also named in his honor.[4]
  • Brand's interest in airplanes started a movement resulting in the Grand Central Airport (United_States) - a hub of aviation history.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f FindAGrave
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Katherine Yamada, A century of achievements, Glendale News-Press, November 13, 2004
  3. ^ Online Archive of California
  4. ^ a b c Glendale Historical Society

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