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Arthur Browne (1756?–1805)


Bushrod Washington consulted Browne's Compendious View on questions of maritime law.


Arthur Browne, lawyer and legal scholar, was the son of a Newport, Rhode Island, cleric. He attended school in Ireland, where he would gain admittance to the bar, serve as a junior proctor of Dublin University, and sit in the Irish Parliament. His A Compendious View of the Civil Law and the Law of the Admiralty was prominent in the development of American maritime law. Browne married twice, having one child with his first wife and five with his second. He died in Dublin on 8 June 1805.


Arthur Browne, A Compendious View of the Civil Law and of the Law of the Admiralty, 2 volumes (London: s.n., 1802).

James Quinn, "Browne, Arthur," in James Quinn, ed., Dictionary of Irish Biography (Dublin: Royal Irish Academy, 2009).