William M. Brown
|Member-elect[a] of the U.S. House of|
from Pennsylvania's 24th district
November 3, 1914 – January 31, 1915
|Preceded by||Henry Temple|
|Succeeded by||Henry Temple|
|8th Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania|
January 20, 1903 – January 15, 1907
|Preceded by||John P. S. Gobin|
|Succeeded by||Robert Murphy|
|Member of the Pennsylvania Senate|
from the 47th district
January 5, 1897 – April 20, 1899
|Preceded by||James Fruit|
|Succeeded by||James Emery|
|Born||September 20, 1850|
|Died||January 31, 1915(aged 64)|
|a.^ Brown died before he could be sworn in and seated, though the election results were certified by the House.|
Brown was born in Greenville, Pennsylvania but grew up in Iowa, where his family purchased a farm following the death of his father. In 1869, he moved to New Castle, Pennsylvania and found employment as a bookkeeper for First National Bank. He was admitted to the bar as an attorney in 1876. In 1883, Brown took a job negotiating homesteading contracts for the federal government, which required him to return for two years to Iowa. He moved back to New Castle in 1885, where he opened a department store and helped to finance the city's streetcar line. Brown was soon elected as a Republican to city council.
In 1896, Brown was elected to the Pennsylvania State Senate, serving one term from 1897 to 1899. In 1902, he was elected Lieutenant Governor, alongside gubernatorial candidate Samuel Pennypacker, and served from 1903 until 1907.
At the end of his term in Harrisburg, Brown returned to New Castle and invested in banking and railroad interests. In 1914 he was elected to the United States House of Representatives, but died before he was able to take office.
- Shimmel, Lewis Slifer. The State Capitol of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, Nineteen Hundred and Six: "William M. Brown, p. 106. Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: The Harrisburg Telegraph Printing Company, 1906.
- Cochran, Thos. B. and Herman P. Miller, compilers. Smull's Legislative Hand Book and Manual of the State of Pennsylvania: "William M. Brown," p. 124. Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: Wm. Stanley Ray, State Printer of Pennsylvania, 1903.
|U.S. House of Representatives|
| Member-elect1 of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 24th congressional district
John P. S. Gobin
| Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania
|Pennsylvania State Senate|
| Member of the Pennsylvania Senate for the 47th District
|Party political offices|
John P. S. Gobin
| Republican nominee for Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania
|Notes and references|
|1. Died prior to formal seating.|