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James Brown (1766–1835)


In 1822 Bushrod Washington requested Senator Brown's help in the appointment of a friend as a military officer.


James Brown, younger brother of U.S. Senator John Brown, was born on 11 September 1766 in Staunton, Virginia. He attended Washington College (now Washington and Lee University) and The College of William and Mary before opening a law practice in Frankfort, Kentucky. While in Kentucky he wed Nancy Ann Hart (d. 1830), whose younger sister Lucretia would marry Henry Clay. Brown served as Kentucky secretary of state, secretary and U.S. attorney for the Orleans Territory, U.S.


"To Thomas Jefferson from James Brown, 18 September 1803," Founders Online, National Archives, [Original source: The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, vol. 41, 11 July–15 November 1803, ed. Barbara B. Oberg. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2014, pp. 393–394.]

Colonel John Brown and Major General Preston Brown Papers, Manuscripts and Archives, Sterling Memorial Library, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut.

"History," The United States Attorney’s Office: Western District of Louisiana.

"James Brown (1766-1835)," Office of the Historian, United States Department of State.

James Brown at Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

James Brown at Find a Grave.

Senator James Brown at FamilySearch.