Paul Brown

Paul Brown

Birth
El Dorado, Union County, Arkansas, USA
Death 18 Nov 1927 (aged 79)
Colorado Springs, El Paso County, Colorado, USA
Burial Saint Louis, St. Louis City, Missouri, USA
Plot Block 319 Lot 4212
Memorial ID 9038276 · View Source
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Born in Arkansas to Warner Brown and Martha Ann Spain, Mr. Brown acquired his degree in teaching at Wesleyan College and pursued that profession for a brief time. His first business venture was in farming, followed next by the retail dry good trade and then tobacco manufacturing under the name of Sherman, Lacy & Brown in Montgomery City, Missouri. The firm name was soon changed to the Brown Tobacco Company and the plant was moved to Montgomery City, Missouri. The plant finally moved to St. Louis in 1893. Despite the sharp competition of the American Tobacco Company, the adjustment to labor difficulties and the cyclone of 1896 which almost demolished the plant, Mr. Brown persevered and brought the business to such success that the American Tobacco Company sought to possess it. A purchase price was finally agreed upon and Mr. Brown retired from the tobacco business. In the meantime, his other business interests had grown and were demanding attention. He was a member of the first Board of the Mercantile Trust Company and was senior Vice-president of the company. He served as a member of the Board of the Mechanics-American National Bank, retiring when the interlocking bank directorate law went into effect. Mr. Brown was a member of the St. Johns Methodist Episcopal Church South, and served on it's board for many years. The most outstanding monument to St. Louis contributed by Mr. Brown is the sixteen-story Paul Brown Office Building, located at 818 Olive Street, completed in 1927. In addition to this property he was a heavy investor in St. Louis real estate.



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  • Maintained by: Mike Burson
  • Originally Created by: Connie Nisinger
  • Added: 4 Jul 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 9038276
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Paul Brown (20 Aug 1848–18 Nov 1927), Find A Grave Memorial no. 9038276, citing Bellefontaine Cemetery, Saint Louis, St. Louis City, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by Mike Burson (contributor 47140546) .