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Peter Campbell Brown was lawyer. Bar: New York 1938. Decorated 6 Battle Stars on European African Middle Eastern ribbon, Fourragere of Belgium for Battle of Ardennes (The Bulge); named Knight Holy Sepulchre Knight Malta.


Brown was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Peter Paul Brown and Ellen Campbell, and grew up in Bay Ridge.


AB, Fordham College, 1935. Bachelor of Laws, Fordham College, 1938. Doctor of Laws, St. Bonaventure University, New York, 1951.


He received an A.B. from Fordham University in 1935 and LL.B. from Fordham in 1938. In 1951, he received a doctorate in law from St. Bonaventure University. After graduating from Fordham in 1938, Brown practiced law in Brooklyn until 1941.

In 1946, Brown was an assistant United States attorney for the Eastern District of New York. He was first assistant in the criminal division of the Department of Justice in 1947-1948, and special assistant to the United States Attorney General in 1949-1950. In 1950, he was appointed to the Subversive Activities Control Board by President Harry S. Truman.

He was the Board's chairman in 1952 and 1953. After resigning from the Subversive Activities Control Board, Brown joined the administration of New York City mayor Robert F. Wagner, Jr. as Commissioner of Investigations in 1954-1955. He was appointed corporation counsel in 1955 and held that post until 1958.

Brown returned to the private sector in 1958, practicing civil, criminal and corporate law in New York City. In 1978, he began practicing on his own. Over the years, his clients included Vince Lombardi, Sugar Ray Robinson and other sports figures.

Brown was married to Joan Gallagher for 51 years. They had five children.


  • Bar: New York 1938.


Board directors St. Mary's College, South Bend, Indiana Served to major Army of the United States, 1942-1945, European Theatre of Operations. Fellow American College Trial Lawyers, Bar Supreme Court United States, Federal District Courts, United States Court Appeals, American, New York State bar associations, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Legion, Catholic Lawyers Guild, Association Bar City of New York, St. Patrick Society Brooklyn (past president, director), Friendly Sons St. Patrick City New York, Fordham College Alumni Association (past president) Clubs: Lawyers (Brooklyn), Montauk (Brooklyn). Manhattan (New York City), New York Athletic (New York City), Pinnacle (New York City).

Army-Navy (Washington). Pelham Country; Westchester Country (Rye, New York ).


Married Joan Gallagher, June 8, 1943. Children: Peter Campbell, Patricia, Thomas, Michael, Robert.

Peter P. Brown

Ellen (Campbell) Brown

Joan Gallagher

Peter Campbell Brown

Patricia Brown

Thomas Brown

Michael Brown

Robert Brown