US Senator, Ohio Governor. He was born in Darien, Connecticut on the same day the Declaration of Independence was signed, he studied law in New York City, New York under Alexander Hamilton for five years and was admitted to the bar in 1802. He moved west to Indiana in 1803, and then to Cincinnati, Ohio in 1804 to commence practice as an attorney. A few years later, he became the Prosecuting Attorney of Hamilton County, Ohio. He was elected by the Ohio State Legislature as an Associate Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court and served in that capacity until 1818. He had been reelected in 1817 and soon resigned to accept election as Ohio's 7th Governor even though he had not declared himself as a candidate. As Governor, he was involved in a political attack against the Federal Banking System throughout his entire administration. He was also a strong supporter of state funding for the construction of the canal infrastructure. Brown resigned on January 13, 1822 to accept election by the United States Legislature as a Democratic Republican to the office of the United States Senate to fill a vacancy caused by the death of William A. Trimble. He served from 1822 to 1825 and then became the Canal Commissioner of Ohio for five years. The canal commission was formed by himself, Thomas Worthington, and Alfred Kelly. A supporter of President Andrew Jackson, he became a member of the Democratic Party and was appointed by Jackson as United States Envoy Charge d' Affaires to Brazil in 1830 and served until 1834. In 1835, he was appointed as Commissioner of the Land Office in Washington D.C. for two years before moving to Rising Sun, Indiana. He later became a member of the Indiana House of Representatives from 1841 to 1843. He died at a Democratic Convention in Indianapolis in 1852 when he was 75 years old.
Bio by: K Guy