Thomas McLelland Browne (April 19, 1829 – July 17, 1891) was an American attorney and politician who served as a U.S. representative for Indiana's 5th and 6th congressional district. He was a Republican.

Thomas Browne
Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana
In office
Preceded byWilliam R. Myers
Succeeded byHenry U. Johnson
In office
Preceded byWilliam S. Holman
Succeeded byCourtland C. Matson
United States Attorney for the District of Indiana
In office
April 1869 – August 1, 1872
Preceded byAlfred Kilgore
Succeeded byNelson Trusler
Member of the Indiana Senate
In office
Personal details
Thomas McLelland Browne

April 19, 1829
New Paris, Ohio, U.S.
DiedJuly 17, 1891 (aged 62)
Winchester, Indiana, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Military service
Branch/serviceUnion Army
Unit7th Indiana Cavalry Regiment
Battles/warsAmerican Civil War

Early life and education


Born in New Paris, Ohio. His mother died in 1843.[1] Browne moved to Indiana in January 1844. He attended the common schools. He was apprenticed to a Ralph M. Pomeroy in Spartanburg. He moved to Winchester, Indiana, in 1848 to study law.[1]



He studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1849 and commenced practice in Winchester. Browne was elected prosecuting attorney for the thirteenth judicial circuit in 1855 and was reelected in 1857 and 1859. He was named secretary of the Indiana Senate in 1861 and served as a member in 1863.

Browne assisted in organizing the 7th Indiana Cavalry Regiment of the Union Army, and went to the field with that regiment as captain of Company B on August 28, 1863. He was commissioned lieutenant colonel on October 1, 1863. He was promoted to colonel on October 10, 1865, and subsequently brevetted a brigadier general to date from March 13, 1865. After the war, he mustered out of the Army on February 18, 1866.

He was appointed United States attorney for the District of Indiana in April 1869 and served until his resignation August 1, 1872. In 1872 he ran against Benjamin Harrison for the Republican nomination for governor of Indiana. He won the nomination but was defeated in the general election by the Democratic candidate, Thomas A. Hendricks. He served as a delegate to the 1876 Republican National Convention.

Browne was elected as a Republican to the House of Representatives, where he served from March 4, 1877, to March 3, 1891. He served as chairman of the Committee on Invalid Pensions (Forty-seventh Congress), Committee on Revision of the Laws (Fifty-first Congress). He was not a candidate for renomination in 1890.



Browne died in Winchester, Indiana, on July 17, 1891. He was interred in Fountain Park Cemetery.


  1. ^ a b Barnes, William Horatio (1872). "Lives of Gen. Ulysses S. Grant and Hon. Henry Wilson: Together with Sketches of Republican Candidates for Congress in Indiana".
Party political offices
Preceded by Republican nominee for Governor of Indiana
Succeeded by

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