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Ethan Allen Brown (July 4, 1776 – February 24, 1852) was a Democratic-Republican politician. He served as the seventh Governor of Ohio.[1]

Ethan Allen Brown
Ethan Allen Brown at statehouse.jpg
United States Senator
from Ohio
In office
January 3, 1822 – March 4, 1825
Preceded byWilliam A. Trimble
Succeeded byWilliam H. Harrison
7th Governor of Ohio
In office
December 14, 1818 – January 4, 1822
Preceded byThomas Worthington
Succeeded byAllen Trimble
Personal details
Born(1776-07-04)July 4, 1776
Darien, Connecticut
DiedFebruary 24, 1852(1852-02-24) (aged 75)
Indianapolis, Indiana
Political partyDemocratic-Republican



Brown was born in Darien, Connecticut[2] to Roger Brown, a prosperous farmer and a Revolutionary War veteran.[3]

Brown studied with a private tutor, and was proficient in French, Latin and Greek.[3] He studied law under Alexander Hamilton for five years, and was admitted to the bar in 1802.[2]


He moved near Cincinnati, Ohio in 1803. He was appointed to the Ohio Supreme Court in 1810 and was re-elected in 1817. Brown was elected to the governorship a year later and was re-elected in 1820. He resigned on January 3, 1822 to take office in the U.S. Senate after the death of William A. Trimble. He was defeated for re-election in 1824 by William Henry Harrison.

Brown was the Ohio Presidential elector in 1828 for Andrew Jackson.[4] An active supporter of Andrew Jackson, Brown was appointed Chargé d'Affaires to Brazil in 1830 and served for four years. He then served as commissioner of the General Land Office in Washington, D.C. from 1835 to 1836.

In 1836, he retired to a family farm in Indiana most likely staying at the David Brown House in Ohio County. Brown later served a single term in the Indiana House of Representatives from 1841 to 1843.

Honors and MembershipsEdit

Elected a member of the American Antiquarian Society in 1818.[5]


Brown died in Indianapolis, Indiana at a Democratic Convention, and is buried in the Cedar Hedge Cemetery located in Rising Sun the county seat of Ohio County, Indiana.


  1. ^ Fess, Simeon D., ed. Ohio: A Four-Volume Reference Library on the History of a Great State. Chicago, IL: Lewis Publishing
  2. ^ a b "Brown, Ethan Allen, (1776 - 1852)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved July 11, 2012.
  3. ^ a b "Ethan A. Brown". Ohio Historical Society. Archived from the original on May 13, 2012. Retrieved July 11, 2012.
  4. ^ Taylor 1899 : 145
  5. ^ American Antiquarian Society Members Directory

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