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Fred Herbert Brown (April 12, 1879 – February 3, 1955) was an American lawyer, baseball player and Democratic politician from Somersworth, New Hampshire. He served as mayor of Somersworth and as United States Attorney for New Hampshire before his term as Governor of New Hampshire from 1923 to 1925,[1] and later served in the United States Senate.[2]

Fred Herbert Brown
United States Senator
from New Hampshire
In office
March 4, 1933 – January 3, 1939
Preceded byGeorge H. Moses
Succeeded byCharles W. Tobey
59th Governor of New Hampshire
In office
January 4, 1923 – January 1, 1925
Preceded byAlbert O. Brown
Succeeded byJohn G. Winant
Personal details
Born(1879-04-12)April 12, 1879
Ossipee, New Hampshire, U.S.
DiedFebruary 3, 1955(1955-02-03) (aged 75)
Somersworth, New Hampshire, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materDartmouth College
Boston University School of Law

Baseball career
Fred Brown.jpg
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
May 4, 1901, for the Boston Beaneaters
Last MLB appearance
April 18, 1902, for the Boston Beaneaters
MLB statistics
Batting average.200
Runs batted in2

Brown was elected to the Senate by narrowly defeating Republican incumbent George H. Moses in the Roosevelt landslide of 1932. But he lost his bid for re-election in 1938.

He served as Comptroller General of the United States from 1939 to 1940.[3] He was appointed to a 15-year term, as are all Comptrollers Generals, but only served one year due to illness.

He played parts of two seasons in Major League Baseball for the Boston Beaneaters in 1901 and 1902. He played nine games over the course of those two seasons, seven in the outfield, going 4-for-20 at the plate and not making an error in 10 chances in the field.[4]

Brown as senator


  1. ^ Russell Bastedo, State Curator (1998). "A Guide to Likenesses of New Hampshire Officials and Governors on Public Display at the Legislative Office Building and the State House Concord, New Hampshire, to 1998: Fred H. Brown (1923-1925)". New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources. Retrieved April 15, 2011.
  2. ^ "Brown, Fred Herbert (1879 - 1955)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved April 15, 2011.
  3. ^ Frederick M. Kaiser (September 10, 2008). "GAO: Government Accountability Office and General Accounting Office" (PDF). Congressional Research Service. Retrieved April 15, 2011.
  4. ^ "Fred Brown". Retrieved April 15, 2011.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Albert O. Brown
Governor of New Hampshire
Succeeded by
John Winant
U.S. Senate
Preceded by
George H. Moses
United States Senate
Succeeded by
Charles W. Tobey
Preceded by
Charles W. Hoitt
29th United States Attorney
for the District of New Hampshire

Succeeded by
Raymond V. Smith