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Early Life

Early Life

Daniel B. Brewster was born on November 23, 1923, to Daniel B. Brewster and Ottolie Y. Wickes. The Brewsters were a prosperous and prominent family whose lineage was intertwined with our nation’s history. The oldest of six children. Brewster was a direct descendant of Benjamin Franklin, one of our nation’s Founding Fathers, and his great-grandfather, Benjamin Harris Brewster, was Attorney General of the United States. Brewster’s ancestry is filled with influential members of American history, including presidential cabinet secretaries, important military figures, bankers, and businessmen.

Brewster’s father, of the same name, died when Brewster was ten years old. Brewster adored his father and wanted to follow in his footsteps, carrying on family traditions. Like his father before him, Brewster attended Gilman School in Baltimore and then Princeton University after graduating from the St. Paul’s School in New Hampshire. Both Brewster and his father left Princeton to fight in their respective World Wars. Brewster enlisted as a Marine and fought in combat in World War II, just as his father had as a Marine in World War I. After the war, he completed his undergraduate education at Johns Hopkins University and then earned his law degree at the University of Maryland Law School. He was admitted to the Bar in 1949 and began his law practice in Towson, Maryland. 

Personal Life

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After enlisting, but before he left Maryland to fight in World War II, a young Daniel Brewster would engage in a whirlwind romance with Anne Moen Bullitt, the socialite daughter of William Christian Bullitt, the first U.S. Ambassador to the Soviet Union, and Louise Bryant, a famous journalist who wrote Ten Days That Shook the World. In just a few months, Danny and Anne would meet, became engaged, and then, just as suddenly, the relationship would fall apart. The breakup pushed Brewster to request an immediate transfer to combat with the Marines in the South Pacific.


After being wounded seven times, where he was reported to have been the youngest combat officer in the Marine Corps during World War II, Brewster returned home. He then participated as a steeplechase jockey riding in races like the Grand National and the world-renowned Maryland Hunt Cup, the world’s oldest and toughest timber race. He met his first wife, Carol Leiper de Havenon, at the races, and after getting married, they purchased Worthington Farms, a famous horse farm and site of the annual Maryland Hunt Cup. Daniel and Carol had two sons, Daniel Baugh Brewster Jr., and Gerry Leiper Brewster. 


However, after thirteen years of marriage, Carol and Danny Brewster divorced. Brewster then reconnected with and married Anne Moen Bullitt in 1967, but this marriage, like his last, was also fraught with political problems and alcoholism. Brewster’s second marriage ended after only a few years. 


In 1976, after spending time in rehab to treat his alcoholism, Brewster married Judy Lynn Aarsand, and they had three children, a daughter, Danielle and twins, Jennilie and Dana. One of his sons, Gerry, followed in his father’s footsteps, attending Gilman and Princeton, and also became a lawyer and served in the Maryland House of Delegates, as his father had before him.

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