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Theodore Brentano Edit Profile

diplomat , lawyer

Theodore Brentano was an American attorney and judge and the first U.S. ambassador to Hungary .


Brentano, Theodore was born on March 29, 1854 in Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States. Son of Lorenzo and Caroline Brentano.


Public schools and in Germany and Switzerland. Bachelor of Laws, Master of Laws, National U., 1881.


He was appointed to the position by Warren G. Harding. He studied law at National University Law School (which later became George Washington University Law School). Brentano married Minnie Claussenius on May 17, 1887.

He was admitted to the bar in 1882, became an assistant city attorney in 1888, and by 1890 was a Superior Court judge in Cook County, Illinois (he would go on to become chief justice). Brentano remained on the bench for thirty-one years. Brentano was appointed as minister to Hungary on February 10, 1922, arrived in Budapest on May 10, presented his credentials on May 16, and served until May 6, 1927.


Married Minnie Claussenius, May 17, 1887. Children: Mistress Johanna von Tilly Bersbach, Mistress Carola Anderson, Mistress Dorothy Tieken.

Lorenzo Brentano

Caroline Brentano

Minnie Claussenius

Mistress Johanna von Tilly Bersbach Brentano

Mistress Dorothy Tieken Brentano

Mistress Carola Anderson Brentano