ETHAN A. BROWN, the seventh governor of Ohio, was born in Darien, Connecticut on July 4, 1776. His education was attained in the public schools of his native state. He went on to study law under Alexander Hamilton, and then established his legal career in Cincinnati, Ohio. Brown first entered public service in 1810, serving on the Ohio Supreme Court bench, a position he held ten years. He next secured the Democratic-Republican gubernatorial nomination, and was elected governor in the 1818 general election. He went on to win reelection to a second term in 1820. During his tenure, the economic depression of 1819 was dealt with; a canal system was lobbied for; and funding was approved for advancing the state school system. Brown resigned the governorship on January 4, 1822. He then took his seat in the U.S. Senate, an office he held until 1825. From 1825 to 1830 he served as a canal commissioner of Ohio; and from 1830 to 1834 he was the charge d’ affaires to Brazil. Brown also served as commissioner of the General Land Office in Washington from 1835 to 1836; and was a member of the Indiana House of Representatives in 1842. Governor Ethan A. Brown passed away on February 24, 1852, and was buried in the Cedar Hedge Cemetery in Rising Sun, Indiana.
Sobel, Robert, and John Raimo, eds. Biographical Directory of the Governors of the United States, 1789-1978, Vol. 3, Westport, Conn.; Meckler Books, 1978. 4 vols.