|Birth: ||Sep. 10, 1819|
New York, USA
|Death: ||Jun. 8, 1863|
James was the son of Nehemiah and Lydia (Worcester) Brown.
He attended Oberlin (OH) College preparatory course 1833-35. He continued with the advanced college courses 1835-38.
In the early 1840s he taught at the Ohio School for the Deaf in Columbus, OH. He then moved to Indiana where he became the principal of the Indiana School for the Deaf July 1, 1845. On land he purchased in Franklin Twp., Marion Co., IN, he established a farm and got a sawmill built with the intention that the students would provide the labor, learn a trade, and the school would eventually be self supporting. In 1848, James became the second superintendent of the school, a position he held until 1852 when he resigned to establish the Louisiana Institution in Baton Rouge , LA.
While in Baton Rouge, James wrote and published a dictionary for sign language, "Vocabulary of Mute Signs" the first such dictionary to be published in America.
In 1860 he returned to Indianapolis and continued teacher at the Indiana School for the Deaf.
Theresa Maria Park Brown (1818 - 1897)
Elizabeth H Brown (1841 - 1862)*
Emma Brown Robinson (1845 - 1899)*
Note: burial: SEP 3,1872
Crown Hill Cemetery
Plot: Sec: 16, Lot: 89
Created by: John C. Anderson
Record added: Dec 27, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 45892774