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William M. Brown (September 20, 1850 – January 31, 1915) was a Republican political official from Pennsylvania.[1][2]

William Brown
William M Brown (circa 1903).jpg
Member-elect[a] of the U.S. House of

from Pennsylvania's 24th district
In office
November 3, 1914 – January 31, 1915
Preceded byHenry Temple
Succeeded byHenry Temple
8th Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania
In office
January 20, 1903 – January 15, 1907
GovernorSamuel Pennypacker
Preceded byJohn P. S. Gobin
Succeeded byRobert Murphy
Member of the Pennsylvania Senate
from the 47th district
In office
January 5, 1897 – April 20, 1899
Preceded byJames Fruit
Succeeded byJames Emery
Personal details
Born(1850-09-20)September 20, 1850
DiedJanuary 31, 1915(1915-01-31) (aged 64)
Political partyRepublican
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.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ 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.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Henry Temple
Member-elect1 of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 24th congressional district

Succeeded by
Henry Temple
Political offices
Preceded by
John P. S. Gobin
Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania
Succeeded by
Robert Murphy
Pennsylvania State Senate
Preceded by
James Fruit
Member of the Pennsylvania Senate for the 47th District
Succeeded by
James Emery
Party political offices
Preceded by
John P. S. Gobin
Republican nominee for Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania
Succeeded by
Robert Murphy
Notes and references
1. Died prior to formal seating.