John Carter Brown, American merchant, book collector. member Rhode Island Legislature, 1 term.
Brown, John Carter was born on August 28, 1797 in Providence, Rhode Island, United States. Son of Nicholas and Ann (Carter) Brown.
Graduate Rhode Island College (now Brown U.), 1816.
In March 1819 he was forced to leave the sea because of poor eyesight. He took a keen interest in geographical exploration, and became a fellow of the Geographical Society in 1837. In 1843 Brown obtained a pension for Weddell's widow from Sir Robert Peel.
Brown became a noted advocate of expeditions in search of Sir John Franklin. He defined the area which the expedition was ultimately found to have reached, but was not attended to at the time. He published The North-west Passage and the Plans for the Search for Sir John Franklin: a review (1860).
He was complimented on this work by Alexander von Humboldt. Brown made large collections illustrative of Arctic adventure.
Member Rhode Island Legislature, 1 term.
Married Sophia Augusta Brown, June 23, 1859, at least 1 son, John Nicholas.