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Judge George William Brown
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Birth: Oct. 13, 1812
Baltimore City
Maryland, USA
Death: Sep. 8, 1890
Mohonk Lake
Ulster County
New York, USA

"Baltimore's Civil War Mayor". Mayor, City of Baltimore; November 12th, 1860, to September 12th, 1861. In October, 1872, elected chief judge of the Supreme Bench of Baltimore. One of the founders of the Bar Association, and later, elected president. A founder of the Maryland University and a regent, a trustee of Johns Hopkins University.

Judge Brown is best known for his short term as mayor of the city of Baltimore: It was during Mayor Brown's administration that the long threatened conflict between the North and South began. Baltimore was a Southern city and Maryland a slave state. Baltimore became a main railroad thoroughfare for Union soldiers heading south. The citizens of Baltimore became more and more agitated at the spectacle of Northern troops passing through their city to make war on the recently seceded states. On the morning of April 19, 1861, the 6th Massachusetts Infantry arrived at Baltimore's President Street Station on its way to defend the nation's capitol in Washington City. The troops were attacked by angry mobs. Four soldiers were killed and 36 wounded; at least a dozen civilians were killed. More would have been injured had Brown not led the Sixth Massachusetts along Pratt street. The clash on the streets of Baltimore that day is considered the first land battle of the Civil War and it would forever after be known as "The Pratt Street Riot."

To prevent other troops from passing through and exciting the city, Mayor Brown ordered the burning of railroad bridges north of the city. This prevented Pennsylvania troops from going through. Brown's goal was to keep peace in his city. However, as a result, the city was put under military rule, and Sept. 12, 1861, Brown and others were imprisoned at Fort Monroe, Fort Lafayette and Fort Warren. Brown was released Nov. 27, 1862, after the expiration of his term as mayor.

After his release, he returned to Baltimore and resumed his legal practice. He continued to practice law and lectured into his 70s. He died while on vacation with his wife in New york. The year before, they had celebrated their golden wedding anniversary.

Brown was the son of George John and Esther Brown, his father having been the eldest son of Dr. George Brown, who came to Baltimore in 1783 and founded the American branch of an old Irish family. He was survived by his wife, Anna Maria Brune Brown, daughter of Frederick W. Brune of Bremen. Besides his wife, four children survived the ex-Judge; Arthur George Brown, Frederick J. Brown, Ellen S. Brown and Mrs. Mary L Hartwell, wife of Dr. R.M. Hartwell.
--information obtained from obituary and other on-line resources. 
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  George Stewart Brown (1834 - 1890)
  Clara Maria Brune Brown (1817 - 1919)*
*Calculated relationship
Green Mount Cemetery
Baltimore City
Maryland, USA
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Record added: Apr 16, 2012
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Judge George William Brown
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Judge George William Brown
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Judge George William Brown
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