Preston Brown Edit Profile
Bachelor of Arts, Yale. 1892, Master of Arts, 1920. Honor graduated from Army School, of the Line, 1913.
Graduated from Army Staff College, 1914. Army War College, 1920. L.L.D., Trinity College, Hartford, 1926.
After his graduation in 1892, he entered the army as a private. He was commissioned a 2nd lieutenant in 1897 and rose through the ranks. He became a major in 1916 and a Lieutenant Colonel in 1917.
In 1918, he was appointed Colonel of the National Army and in August of the same year was promoted to be Brigadier General. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal for his leadership of the 3rd Infantry Division, as well as his previous efforts as Chief of Staff of the 2nd Infantry Division. He was appointed instructor in the Army General Staff College in 1919.
Preston Brown was commandant of the Panama Canal Zone from 1928 until 1932. He retired to Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts in 1936, having reached the rank of Major General. Brown died on June 30, 1948, and is interred in Cave Hill Cemetery, Louisville, Kentucky.
They had one child, Dorrance Brown who died in 1936.
Served as private and corporal Battery A. 5th Artillery, September 1894-March 26, 1897. Member Society of the Cincinnati. Clubs: University (New York) Graduate (New Haven, Connecticut).
Married Susan Ford Dorrance, of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, February 8, 1905.
Commanding general 3d Infantry Brigade, 1921, 2d Division, 1924, 1st Division, 1925, 1st Corps Area, 1926-1930. Deputy chief of staff, United States Army, March 9-October 10, 1930. Commanding general Panama Canal Department, November 24, 1930-November 14, 1933.
Commanding general 2d Army and 6th Corps Area, 1933-1934, retired, November 30, 1934. Commander Legion of Honor (France). Commander Order of the Crown (Belgium).