Creator

Date Original

1838

Description

This land grant was issued to John Drennen by President Martin Van Buren.

Biographical/Historical Note

John Drennen was born in Elizabeth, Pennsylvania, on February 5, 1801, to Thomas and IsabellaDrennen. He married Emily Deadrick Stuart on March 21, 1826. They had three daughters: Caroline,Margaret, and Johanna. Emily died on August 20, 1844. He later married Kate Humphrey on March 28,1848, and they had three sons: Charles Holden, Henry Clay, and William Moore.Drennen settled in Arkansas in 1830, establishing a ferry business south of Van Buren in CrawfordCounty with his brother-in-law David A. Thompson. Drennen later became postmaster and had the landsurveyed and streets platted for the city of Van Buren. He donated the property for the county courthouseand town square.In 1835, Drennen represented Crawford County at the Constitutional Convention, helping to write thestate's first constitution. He was a member of the first Arkansas House of Representatives, 1836-1838. InJune 1849, he was appointed by President Zachary Taylor as an agent for the Choctaw Indians. He laterbecame Superintendent of Indian Affairs for the Southwest region. After the Little Rock and Fort SmithRailway was established in 1853, Drennen served as the railway's president. He donated ten acres todevelop the area's first public cemetery, Fairview Cemetery. Drennen died of yellow fever in Indianapolis,Indiana, on September 27, 1855.

Physical Description

Document, 8.5" x 11"

Geographical Area

Arkansas; Indiana

Language

English

Identifier

SMC.007.013

Resource Type

Text

Collection

John Drennen land grant, SMC.007.013

Publisher

Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

John Drennen land grant, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.

Rights

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Disciplines

United States History

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