John Calder Brennan

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John Calder Brennan
Born (1908-11-19)November 19, 1908
Died February 6, 1996(1996-02-06) (aged 87)
Resting place St. Lawrence Cemetery, Sumter County, South Carolina
Residence Laurel, Maryland
Education B.A. English and History[1]
Alma mater The Citadel (1930)
Known for Local and national historian

John Calder Brennan (November 19, 1908 – February 6, 1996), a Laurel, Maryland historian, retired as a personnel specialist for the Federal Reserve.[2] He was a member of the class of 1930 at The Citadel where he majored in English and History.[1] Brennan was a Laurel resident for more than 50 years[3] and wrote a column on history and etymology for the Laurel Leader newspaper in the 1960s and 1970s.[2] Considered a Booth scholar, Brennan wrote the article "John Wilkes Booth’s Enigmatic Brother Joseph", published in the Spring 1983 issue of Maryland Historical Magazine.[4] Also among Brennan's works is The Three Versions of the Testimony in the 1865 Conspiracy Trial, published in 1983 and cited in the book Blood on the Moon: The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln.[5] The Laurel Museum's research library is named after Brennan,[3] whose works are among its major holdings.[6] A World War II veteran who served as a Major in the U.S. Army Air Corps, Brennan is interred at St. Lawrence Cemetery in Sumter County, South Carolina.[7]


  1. ^ a b "The Sphinx". Digital Data Online. 1930. p. 50. Retrieved March 19, 2009. 
  2. ^ a b "John Calder Brennan". Obituary section (The Washington Post). February 11, 1996. 
  3. ^ a b "John Calder Brennan Library". The Laurel Historical Society. Retrieved March 19, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Suggested Reading: Booth Family" (PDF). Center for the Arts, Harford County, Maryland. March 2009. Retrieved January 13, 2010. 
  5. ^ Edward Steers, Jr. Blood on the Moon: The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln. University Press of Kentucky. 2001. ISBN 0-8131-2217-1. 344 pages. Notes to Pages 212–220. page 325.
  6. ^ University System of Maryland. University Libraries. Research Materials for Architecture and the Built Environment Located in Metropolitan Washington, D.C.. Laurel Museum. Retrieved March 16, 2007.
  7. ^ St. Lawrence Cemetery Survey. St. Lawrence Cemetery, Sumter County, SC. Retrieved November 27, 2006.