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Brown, John (Schuyler Co., IL)

Born: 1787-09-03 Kentucky

Died: 1871-01-09 Schuyler County, Illinois

Flourished: Schuyler County, Illinois

Brown married Sarah Points in Kentucky and in 1825, he moved his family to Illinois. He initially settled in Morgan County, then moved in 1830 to Schuyler County, where he lived the remainder of his life. In 1834, county voters elected him justice of the peace as well as county commissioner, serving in both positions until 1836. Brown was elected to the Illinois House of Representatives in 1838 and again in 1844 as a Democrat. Brown served in the Illinois Senate from 1846 to 1848. Voters selected Brown to serve as an associate justice on the county court in 1853, a position he held until his death. Elected to the Woodstock Township Board in 1854, Brown served as its chairman until 1857. An active advocate of Illinois farming issues, local farmers elected Brown vice president of the newly formed county agricultural society in 1855.

Combined History of Schuyler and Brown Counties (Chicago: W.R. Brink, 1882), 85-86, 91-92, 111, 113, 238, 343; John Clayton, comp., The Illinois Fact Book and Historical Almanac, 1673-1968 (Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1970), 207, 212-13; Gravestone, Weightman Cemetery, Camden, IL.