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Robert Brown (December 25, 1744 – February 26, 1823) was a United States Representative from Pennsylvania. Born in Weaversville, Pennsylvania, he attended the common schools and was apprenticed to the blacksmith trade. At the beginning of the American Revolutionary War he was commissioned first lieutenant in the Pennsylvania "Flying Camp" on September 10, 1776; he was captured at the surrender of Fort Washington on November 16, 1776, and worked at the blacksmith trade while a prisoner. He was later put aboard the prison ship Judith and was subsequently imprisoned in New York City's Old City Hall. He was paroled on board ship December 10, 1777.

Brown was a member of the Pennsylvania Senate from 1783 to 1787, and was elected as a Democratic-Republican to the Fifth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Samuel Sitgreaves. He was reelected to the Sixth and to the seven succeeding Congresses and served from December 4, 1798 to March 3, 1815. He was not a candidate for renomination in 1814, and retired from public life and lived on his farm. In 1823 he died near Weaversville; interment was in East Allen Presbyterian Churchyard.


  • United States Congress. "Robert Brown (id: B000942)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
John Chapman
Samuel Sitgreaves
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 4th congressional district


1798–1799 alongside: John Chapman
1799–1801 alongside: Peter G. Muhlenberg
1801–1803 alongside: Isaac Van Horne

Succeeded by
John Andre Hanna
David Bard
Preceded by
Michael Leib
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 2nd congressional district


1803–1805 alongside: Isaac Van Horne and Frederick Conrad
1805–1807 alongside: John Pugh and Frederick Conrad
1807–1809 alongside: John Pugh and William Milnor
1809–1811 alongside: William Milnor and John Ross
1811–1813 alongside: Jonathan Roberts and William Rodman

Succeeded by
Jonathan Roberts
Roger Davis
Preceded by
William Crawford
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 6th congressional district

alongside: Samuel D. Ingham
Succeeded by
Samuel D. Ingham
John Ross