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John Young BROWN

(1900-1985)

BROWN, John Young, a Representative from Kentucky; born on a farm near Geigers Lake, Union County, Ky., February 1, 1900; attended the county schools and the high school at Sturgis, Ky.; Centre College, Danville, Ky., A.B., 1921, and from the law department of the University of Kentucky at Lexington, LL.B., 1926; was admitted to the bar the same year and commenced practice in Lexington, Ky.; also engaged in agricultural pursuits; city representative of Lexington, Ky., in 1930; county representative of Fayette County, Ky., in 1932 and again in 1946; member of the State house of representatives 1930 to 1932, serving as speaker in 1932; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-third Congress (March 4, 1933-January 3, 1935); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1934; resumed the practice of law; unsuccessful Democratic candidate for the United States Senate in 1946; member, State legislature in 1953 and 1954; defeated for the Democratic nomination in 1960 for United States Senator; member, Kentucky house of representatives, 1962-1963, and 1966-1967, during which time he served as majority floor leader; returned to law practice in Lexington and Louisville; died in Louisville, Ky., June 16, 1985; interment at Lexington Cemetery, Lexington, Ky.

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

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