Daniel Russell Brown

Gov. Daniel Russell Brown

Rhode Island

Term(s)
May 31, 1892 - May 29, 1895

Born
March 28, 1848

Passed
February 28, 1919

Party
Republican

School(s)

Birth State
Connecticut

Family:
Married Isabel Barrows; three children

BIO

DANIEL RUSSELL BROWN was born in Bolton, Connecticut, where he attended public schools. He clerked in a hardware store, later worked his way up to head salesman at a leading hardware store in Hartford, and eventually moved to Providence to take charge of a mill supply store in which he became a partner. He served on the Providence City Council for four years prior to becoming governor. He won his first gubernatorial term by popular vote, his second term by decision of the state legislature after no candidate received a majority of popular vote, and his third term again by popular vote. Thereafter, Brown played a key role in the adoption of a constitutional amendment permitting election by a plurality rather than a majority vote. In addition, measures were enacted during his administration to provide free textbooks and to improve highways. He was New England’s candidate for Vice President at the Republican National Convention of 1896 but was not selected.

Source

Mohr, Ralph S. Governors for Three Hundred Years (1638-1954): Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.State of Rhode Island, Graves Registration Committee, August 1954.

The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography, Vol. 9. New York: James T. White & Company.

Sobel, Robert, and John Raimo, eds. Biographical Directory of the Governors of the United States, 1789-1978, Vol. 4. Westport, CT: Meckler Books, 1978. 4 vols.

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