Leslie Coombs Brand

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Leslie Coombs Brand
Painting of Leslie Coombs Brand.png
The father of Glendale California
Born (1859-05-12)May 12, 1859
Florissant, Missouri, United States
Died April 10, 1925(1925-04-10) (aged 65)
Glendale, California, United States
Cause of death Prostate Cancer
Resting place Brand Family Cemetery
Occupation Real Estate
Years active 1879-1925
Spouse(s) Lulu Broughton, Mary Louise Brand

Leslie Coombs Brand (1859–1925) was an American real estate developer. He is best known for developing Glendale, California. [1]


Early life[edit]

Leslie Coombs Brand was born on May 12, 1859 in Florissant, Missouri.[2][3] His father was Joseph Coombs Brand (1827–1869) and his mother, Virginia Coombs Hance Brand (1831–1899).[2] He had two sisters, Helen Brand and Ada Broker.[3] Their father died when he was ten years old.[3]


At the age of twenty, he moved to Moberly, Missouri to work in an office.[3] He eventually started his own real estate company.[3]

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.[3] In the 1890s, they sold their company.[3] His oil investment in Saugus, Santa Clarita, California led to nothing, and he left for Galveston, Texas, to work in real estate.[3] He stayed at the Tremont Hotel in the Strand Historic District.[3]

Back in California, he developed the city of Glendale, California.[2][4][5] Together with Henry E. Huntington (1850–1927), he brought Pacific Electric to the town to develop it.[5]

Personal life[edit]

He married Lulu Broughton in 1883, but she died a few months later.[3] He later remarried to Mary Louise Brand (1871–1945).[2] 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.[2][3] He was buried in the Brand Family Cemetery in Glendale. [2]


  • The 'Brand Library' section of the Glendale Public Library is named in his honor.[3]
  • Brand Boulevard in Glendale is also named in his honor.[5]
  • Brand's interest in airplanes started a movement resulting in the Grand Central Airport (United_States) - a hub of aviation history.


  1. ^ MyGlendale (2012-01-18), The Life & Times of Leslie C. Brand, City of Glendale's GTV6, retrieved 2016-07-08 
  2. ^ a b c d e f FindAGrave
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Katherine Yamada, A century of achievements, Glendale News-Press, November 13, 2004
  4. ^ Online Archive of California
  5. ^ a b c Glendale Historical Society

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