Brown, John J.

Born: 1812-XX-XX Virginia

Brown settled in Danville, Illinois, in 1839. As a Whig representing Vermilion County, Brown won election to the Illinois House of Representatives in 1840, and lost election to the Illinois Senate in 1842. He moved to Chicago in 1846 and practiced law with Buckner S. Morris. In 1847, Brown established the first law school in Chicago. In 1850, he owned $5,500 worth of real estate.

A. T. Andreas, History of Cook County, Illinois (Chicago: A. T. Andreas, 1884), 256, 277; John Palmer, ed., The Bench and Bar of Illinois: Historical and Reminiscent, 2 vols. (Chicago: Lewis, 1899), 2:656; U.S. Census Office, Seventh Census of the United States (1850), Cook County, IL, Chicago, Ward 1, 150; Theodore C. Pease, ed., Illinois Election Returns, 1818-1848, vol. 18 of Collections of the Illinois State Historical Library (Springfield: Illinois State Historical Library, 1923), 339, 354.