Mac Drennen

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Darlyne McDonald "Mac" Drennen (born April 1865 in Arkadelphia; died December 3, 1914 in Birmingham) was an executive partner in the Drennen Brothers mercantile business.

Drennen, nicknamed "Mac", was the 6th of 9 children born to Walter and Matilda Cornwell Drennen. He grew up on his family's Blount County plantation, and was taught by his older brother William at a private school there. He went on to study at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee before he and another brother, Melville opened a branch of the company's mercantile business in the booming city of Birmingham.

In 1886 Mac was elected to the Birmingham Board of Aldermen, representing Ward 3 In Mayor A. O. Lane's third administration. Mac Drennen took on the role of president of the company as his brother pursued other business ventures and served as Mayor of Birmingham.

Drennen married the former Emma Houston, daughter of Governor George Houston, on December 3, 1893. They had two sons, Charles Edward and Houston. Their daughter, Ellen, died in infancy.

The Drennens resided in the former William Rushton residence at 2900 Highland Avenue, and attended St Mary's-on-the-Highlands Episcopal Church where Drennen served on the vestry and as senior warden. He was also a trustee of Children's Hospital and the Birmingham YMCA.

Drennen died on his 21st wedding anniversary. He was buried at Elmwood Cemetery.


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