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John Young Brown

John Young Brown (1835–1904) represented Kentucky in the U.S. House of Representatives and served as its 31st governor. He was first elected to the House in 1859, but was initially too young to serve. Re-elected in 1866, he was denied his seat because of alleged disloyalty to the Union during the Civil War. After an unsuccessful gubernatorial bid in 1871, Brown served in the House from 1872 to 1877, and was censured for a speech excoriating Massachusetts Representative Benjamin F. Butler. Brown was elected governor of Kentucky in 1891, but little of significance was accomplished during his term as time was spent adapting the state's laws to the new constitution. He hoped the legislature would elect him to the U.S. Senate after his term ended in 1895, but the deaths of two of his children ended his political ambitions. After the Republicans won the 1895 election, William Goebel was chosen as the Democrats' 1899 candidate, although a disgruntled faction selected Brown. Goebel won the election, but was assassinated in 1900; Brown represented Caleb Powers, an alleged conspirator in the assassination, at his first trial. (Full article...)

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