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Frank Brown

Gov. Frank Brown

  • January 13, 1892 - January 8, 1896
  • Democratic
  • August 8, 1846
  • February 3, 1920
  • Maryland
  • Married Mary Ridgely Preston; two children


FRANK BROWN was born near Sykesville, Carroll County, Maryland on August 8, 1846. His education was attained in the public schools of his native state. Brown entered politics in 1876, serving as a member of the Maryland House of Delegates, a position he held until 1878. He also served as president of the Maryland State Agricultural and Mechanical Society from 1880 to 1892, was the postmaster of Baltimore from 1886 to 1890, and served on the board that organized Maryland’s display at the World’s Columbian Exposition held in Chicago in 1893. In 1892, Brown secured the Democratic gubernatorial nomination, and then went on to win election to the Maryland governorship on November 3, 1891. He was sworn into office on January 13, 1892. During his tenure, a Frostburg mining strike was dealt with; an 1893 constitutional amendment was sanctioned that added another judgeship to the Baltimore City Supreme Bench; legislation was enacted that banned child labor; and the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery was incorporated. After leaving office, Brown served as the mayoral campaign manager in 1899 and 1906, and was a presidential elector in 1905. Governor Frank Brown passed away on February 3, 1920, and was buried in Greenmount Cemetery in Baltimore, Maryland.


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White, Frank F., Jr. The Governors of Maryland, 1777-1972. Annapolis, MD: Hall of Records Commission, 1970.

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