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John Robert Brown (January 14, 1842 – August 4, 1927) was a United States Representative from Virginia.


Born near Snow Creek, Virginia, he attended private schools in Franklin and Henry Counties and entered the Confederate Army in 1861 as a private in Company D, Twenty-fourth Regiment of Virginia Volunteers. In 1870 he formed a partnership with his father in the tobacco business at Shady Grove; he moved to Martinsville, Virginia in 1882 and continued in the tobacco business. He also engaged in banking and was mayor of Martinsville from 1884 to 1888.

Brown was elected as a Republican to the Fiftieth Congress, serving from March 4, 1887 to March 3, 1889; he unsuccessfully contested the election of Claude A. Swanson to the Fifty-fifth Congress. He reengaged in the tobacco business and retired from active business pursuits; Brown died in Martinsville, with interment in Oakwood Cemetery.


NAME Brown, John Robert
SHORT DESCRIPTION Confederate Army soldier and politician
DATE OF BIRTH January 14, 1842
PLACE OF BIRTH Snow Creek, Virginia
DATE OF DEATH August 4, 1927
PLACE OF DEATH Martinsville, Virginia
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