Thomas Brown

Thomas Brown

Birth
Westmoreland, Westmoreland County, Virginia, USA
Death 24 Aug 1867 (aged 81)
Tallahassee, Leon County, Florida, USA
Burial Tallahassee, Leon County, Florida, USA
Memorial ID 6840282 · View Source
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Florida Governor. After serving in the War of 1812 as an aide to General John P. Hungerford, he was chief clerk of the post office at Richmond, Virginia and was credited for inventing the post office letter box. He also as a member of the Virginia Legislature (1817-28). Moving to Florida Territory in 1828, he continued in politics, was president of the legislative council in 1838, a member of the constitutional convention in 1839 and served in the Florida House of Representatives in 1845. On March 14, 1835, Governor Eaton appointed Brown as Adjutant General of the Florida Militia during the Second Seminole War. In 1848, he was elected as a Whig the 2nd Governor of Florida, serving until 1853. During his term, the legislature endorsed the building of a plank toll road from Jacksonville to Lake City, a steamship line was initiated on the St. Johns River, a public seminary in Ocala was authorized and the state's transportation system was advanced. After leaving office, he lived in retirement until his death at age 81.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith



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  • Find A Grave Memorial 6840282
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Thomas Brown (25 Oct 1785–24 Aug 1867), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6840282, citing Old City Cemetery, Tallahassee, Leon County, Florida, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .