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Joseph Brown
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Birth: Dec. 3, 1733
Death: Dec. 3, 1785

One of the "Four Brown Brothers", who were sons of James Brown Jr. [1697-1739] and Hope Power [1701-1792]. On 30 Sep 1759, he married his cousin, Elizabeth Power, daughter of Nicholas Power and Anna Tillinghast.
All of the Brown brothers made names for themselves in business, philanthropy, and patriotism, being connected to the notorius Gaspee Affair, but Joseph was the most active politically.
He was appointed to the Town of Providence Committee of Inspection, December 1773, and was actively involved in the manufacturing of saltpeter for use in gunpowder, planning fortifications at Fox Point, and procuring fire-ships for the defense of the Colony.
Joseph Brown served as a Deputy from Providence to the RI General Assembly, and as State Senator from Providence in 1784. He was also listed as being appointed to represent the State of Rhode Island in newly-formed Congress, but apparently never served since he is known to have suffered a stroke in 1784.
Although he did engage in the merchant business of Nicholas Brown and Company for income, his political and social activities overshadowed his business activities. His scientific skills were put to good use, though, and he was left by his brothers to be largely in charge of the mechanics of the Hope furnace and the spermeceti candle factory that his family owned. He was an architect, leaving as part of his legacy the design of the Joseph Brown House (1774), the John Brown house, University Hall at Brown University, the Market Building, and the First Baptist Church of America (1774) whose spire and style have inspired church goers in Providence for three centuries. He's listed in the Biographical Dictionary of American Architects. The John Brown House is the centerpiece of the RI Historical Society holdings. This brownstone-and-brick mansion, was designed by Joseph Brown for his brother John (1736-1803), and was built between 1786 and 1788.
Family links: 
  James Brown (1697 - 1739)
  Hope Power Brown (1701 - 1792)
  Elizabeth Power Brown (1736 - 1806)
  Mary Brown Gano (1760 - 1800)*
  Obadiah Brown (1762 - 1815)*
  Elizabeth Brown Ward (1769 - 1845)*
  Joseph Brown (1776 - 1791)*
  James Brown (1724 - 1750)*
  Nicholas Brown (1729 - 1791)*
  Mary Brown Vanderlight (1731 - 1795)*
  Joseph Brown (1733 - 1785)
  John Brown (1736 - 1803)*
  Moses Brown (1738 - 1836)*
*Calculated relationship
North Burial Ground
Providence County
Rhode Island, USA
Maintained by: Scout
Originally Created by: Superkentman
Record added: Sep 01, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 21282849
Joseph Brown
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Joseph Brown
Added by: Mike Bogoslawski, USN (Ret)
Joseph Brown
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- quebecoise
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- Maureen (Dacus) Blackburn
 Added: Apr. 18, 2015
Rest peacefully, my 2nd cousin 9x removed.
- tamara tillinghast haskett
 Added: Mar. 30, 2013
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