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Robert BROWN

(1744-1823)

BROWN, Robert, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Weaversville, East Allen Township, Northampton County, Pa., December 25, 1744; attended the common schools and was apprenticed to the blacksmith trade; at the beginning of the Revolutionary War was commissioned first lieutenant in the Pennsylvania “Flying Camp” on September 10, 1776; captured at the surrender of Fort Washington November 16, 1776; worked at the blacksmith trade while a prisoner; later put aboard the prison ship Judith and subsequently imprisoned in the old city hall, New York City; paroled on board ship December 10, 1777; member of the State senate 1783-1787; elected as a Republican to the Fifth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Samuel Sitgreaves; reelected to the Sixth and to the seven succeeding Congresses and served from December 4, 1798, to March 3, 1815; was not a candidate for renomination in 1814; retired from public life and lived on his farm; died near Weaversville, Northampton County, Pa., February 26, 1823; interment in East Allen Presbyterian Churchyard.

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

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