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John Branen

"Honest" JOHN BRANNEN. is a well-known and highly esteemed citizen of Nome. He was elected to the common council at the municipal election in 1 903, receiving next to the highest vote cast for any candidate. In 1902 he filled a short term as chief of police for the city, and subsequently, as councilman, was appointed chairman of the police committee.

John Brannen was born in Pennsylvania in 1852. He is of Celtic ancestry and the son of a farmer. His education was obtained in the public schools and in a business college. Fourteen years of his life he spent in British Columbia as a coal miner. He went west with his mother when he was six years old, and followed the business of farming and mining until 1889, when he was appointed to a position on the police force of Seattle. He was subsequently promoted to lieutenant and finally to captain of police, and was beaten for the position of chief of police of Seattle by only one vote. He came to Nome in 1900, and by a combination of circumstances was forced into the liquor business. He is largely interested in mining in the Nome country.

Mr. Brannen was married thirty years ago to Sarah McCool, of British Columbia. They have a family of seven children.

Source: Nome and Seward Peninsula by R. S. Harrison. Seattle: The Metropolitan Press, 1905.




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