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John Brown

senator , Continental congressman

John Brown, American senator, Continental congressman. member Kentucky Constitutional Convention, 1788; member Virginia Convention to ratify United States Constitution, 1789 voted against ratification; member United States House of Representatives from Virginia, 1st-2d congresses, 1789-1792; member United States Senate from Kentucky, 1792-1805, president pro tem, 1803-1804.

Background

Brown, John was born on September 12, 1757 in Staunton, Virginia, United States. Son of John and Margaret (Preston) Brown.

Education

Educated Princeton, College William and Mary. Studied law under Thomas Jefferson.

Career

Fought in American Revolution. Admitted to Virginia bar, 1782. Represented Kentucky in Virginia Legislature, 1784-1788.

Delegate Continental Congress, 1787-1788. Member Kentucky Constitutional Convention, 1788. Member Virginia Convention to ratify United States Constitution, 1789 voted against ratification.

Member United States House of Representatives from Virginia, 1st-2d congresses, 1789-1792. Member United States Senate from Kentucky, 1792-1805, president pro tem, 1803-1804. His home “Liberty Hall,” Frankfort, Kentucky, designed by Thomas Jefferson.

Membership

Member Kentucky Constitutional Convention, 1788. Member Virginia Convention to ratify United States Constitution, 1789 voted against ratification. Member United States House of Representatives from Virginia, 1st-2d congresses, 1789-1792.

Member United States Senate from Kentucky, 1792-1805, president pro tem, 1803-1804.

Connections

Married Margaretta Mason, 1799.

father:
John Brown

mother:
Margaret (Preston) Brown

spouse:
Margaretta Mason