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Joseph Emerson Brown

Joseph Emerson Brown, senator, governor of Georgia. member Georgia Senate, 1849; member United States Senate (Democrat) from Georgia, 1881-1891.


  • Brown, Joseph Emerson was born on April 15, 1821 in Pickens District, South Carolina, United States. Son of Mackey and Sally (Rice) Brown.

  • Education

    • Graduated from Yale Law School, 1846.


    • Admitted to Georgia bar, 1845. Member Georgia Senate, 1849. Franklin Pierce presidential elector, 1852.

      Judge Blue Ridge Circuit, 1855. Governor Georgia (Democrat), 1857-1865, extreme states rights advocate, often quarrelled with Jefferson Davis over powers of central government, opposed conscription and suspension of habeas corpus. Imprisoned for short time, 1865, pardoned by President Andrew Jackson.

      Became a Republican, urged compliance with Congressional reconstruction rule. Chief justice Supreme Court Georgia, 1868-1870. President Western & Atlantic R.R., 1870-1894.

      Member United States Senate (Democrat) from Georgia, 1881-1891.


    Member Georgia Senate, 1849. Member United States Senate (Democrat) from Georgia, 1881-1891.


    • Married Elizabeth Grisham, 1847.
    • father: Mackey Brown
    • mother: Sally (Rice) Brown
    • spouse: Elizabeth Grisham
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    Born April 15, 1821
    Died November 30, 1894
    (aged 73)