|Birth: ||May 7, 1834|
|Death: ||May 19, 1890|
Obituary from Maryland Journal, May 24, 1890.
BROWN, GEORGE S. - Gen. George S. Brown, head of the well-known firm of Alexander Brown & Sons, bankers, died at his residence, Cathedral street, Baltimore, at 1 o'clock A. M. Monday, 19th inst., aged 56 years. Gen. Brown was born in Baltimore in the old mansion which stood on the northeast corner of Fayette and Holliday streets, now covered by the City Hall. Gen. Brown's father, George Brown, was a native of Balleymena, Ireland, and after he came to America he married Miss Isabella McLanahan, of Greencastle, Pa. He was
educated at the McNally Institute, Baltimore, and at the age of 16 years entered his father's banking office, then and now known as Alexander Brown & Sons. Gen. Brown always took an active interest in the business until ill health compelled him to take long vacations. Gen. Brown's mother, Mrs. Isabella Brown, was long known as one of the most charitable ladies in Baltimore and freely gave of her ample means to worthy objects claiming her bounty. Gen. Brown's personal character was of the strongest possible kind. He was a Democrat of that true stamp that despised duplicity and he always counseled uprightness in all public matters, and was not afraid to avow and
maintain his principles in the boldest manner. There were times in the recent past when he threw into the scales the weight of his influence, and when once his course was determined he never relaxed or bent one iota from his high purpose. And it usually had its effect. He was a true patriot, he loved his country, but never desired nor would he accept public office, though he vigorously performed his duty as a good citizen by casting his vote and as far as lay in his power endeavored to keep the stream of politics pure. He cared to hold but few positions except those of a financial nature and in the line of his regular business, among which were President of the Baltimore and Havana Steamship Company, Director of the
National Mechanics' Bank, a Manager of the House of Refuge, a member of the Boards of the Blind Asylum and of the Maryland Bible Society, Trustee of the Peabody Institute, Vice President of the Canton Company, Director in the old Calvert Sugar Refinery Company, and the Union Railroad Company. Gen. Brown was one of the chief financial friends of the Maryland Central Railway and faithfully maintained his friendship for it down to the day of his death. He was also one of the first friends of the Belt Line Railroad project, and it is believed his influence in favor of it had great weight in its just assured success. The death of such a man at a time like this is a sad blow to such public enterprises.
Gen. Brown's wife was a Miss Harriett Eaton, of New York, who, with one son, Mr. Alexander Brown, survive him. Mr. Alexander Brown has been in business with his father for several years. Gen. Brown was one of the chief organizers and a warm promoter of the Elk Ridge Fox Hunting Club. He delighted to follow the hounds for the exhilarating exercise it gave him, being conducive to the health.
Gen. Brown's funeral took place on Wednesday afternoon from his residence, corner of Cathedral and Madison streets. The services were very simple and conducted by the Rev. Dr. J. T. Leftwich, of the First Presbyterian Church. The interment was in the family lot at Greenmount, the Rev. Samuel McLanahan, of Lafayette Presbyterian Church, assisting at the grave. The pall-bearers were Wm. Keysser, Wm. Gilmor, Gen. Stewart Brown, W. Graham Bowdoin, J.
Holmes Whiteley, Gilmor Meredith, R. D. Fisher and J. Wilcox Brown.
Captain Kerr, with officers John R. Gould, Jacob Wells and John C. Rowe, and the crew of General Brown's yacht, the Ballymena, and the clerks of the banking house of Alexdander Brown & Sons were present. Many of the most prominent citizens of Baltimore and friends of Gen. Brown were present, including some from New York and elsewhere. H. W. Jenkins and Sons had charge of the funeral arrangements.
George William Brown (1812 - 1890)*
Green Mount Cemetery
Plot: Section F, Lot 63
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Record added: Jul 24, 2010
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