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Moses Brown

Moses Brown, American merchant, philanthropist.


  • Brown, Moses was born on October 2, 1742 in Newbury, Massachusetts, United States. Son of Joseph and Abigail (Pearson) Brown.

  • Education

    • Apprenticed to chaise-maker, Massachusetts.


    • 1 daughter, Mistress William B. Bannister. Became carriage manufacturer in Massachusetts, then merchant in sugar and molasses trade with West Indies. Increased his investments, became owner several warehouses, distilleries and wharves, Newburyport, Massachusetts.

      Made contributions to Andover Theological Seminary including $10,000 to Association Foundation (1808), $1,000 for library, $25,000 to establish professorship ecclesiastical history (1819). Willed $6,000 (to be kept at interest until reaching $15,000) to people of Newburyport for construction and support of grammar sch.


    • Married Mary Hall, 1772. Married second, Mary White, 1886.
    • father: Joseph Brown
    • mother: Abigail (Pearson) Brown
    • spouses: Mary Hall
    • Mary White
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    Died February 9, 1827
    (aged 84)