Brown, Robert Alexander was born on November 7, 1859 in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of James and Ann (Stewart) Brown.
Graduated from the United States Military Academy, 1885, Infantry and Cavalry School, 1889, Army War College, 1910.
Commissioned Second lieutenant 4th Cavalry, June 14, 1885. Promoted through grades to brigadier general N.A., August 5, 1917. Commanded Indian scouts in Captain Lawton’s command which secured surrender of Geronimo, 1886.
Participated in Cuban Occupation, 1898-1899, in subduing Philippine Insurrection, 1899-1901. Instructor Army War College, 1910-1911, 1912-1913. Officer of General Staff, and chief of staff, Southern Department, 1913-1914.
Appointed commander 84th Infantry Brigade, Camp A. L. Mills, Long Island, New York, September 1, 1917. Joined American Expeditionary Force in France, November 14, 1917. Address: Washington, Distric.