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James Sproat BROWN

(1824-1878)

BROWN, James Sproat, a Representative from Wisconsin; born in Hampden, Penobscot County, Maine, February 1, 1824; attended the public schools; moved to Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1840; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1843 and commenced practice in Milwaukee, Wis., in 1844; elected prosecuting attorney for Milwaukee County in 1846; attorney general of Wisconsin in 1848 and 1849; mayor of Milwaukee in 1861; elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-eighth Congress (March 4, 1863-March 3, 1865); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1864 to the Thirty-ninth Congress; in 1865 went to Europe to recuperate his health; returned to the United States in 1873; resumed the practice of law in Milwaukee, Wis.; died on April 15, 1878, in Chicago, Ill.; interment in Forest Home Cemetery, Milwaukee, Wis.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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