Charles Elwood Brown

CHARLES ELWOOD BROWN was born July 4,1834, in Cincinnati. He was graduated from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, in 1854. While teaching in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, he studied law, and returned to Ohio to open a law office in Chillicothe. He served as prosecuting attorney at Ross County, Ohio, from 1859 to 1860. When the Civil War broke out, he volunteered as a private but soon rose to lieutenant colonel of the 63rd Ohio. He served in Sherman's Atlanta campaign, and on July 22,1864, was severely wounded, resulting in a leg amputation. He was invalided to the rear and served the rest of the war years as provost-marshal of the 18th Ohio District He was mustered out of service July 8,1865, as a brevet brigadier general. General Brown, then thirty-one, resumed his law practice in Chillicothe where he also acted as United States postmaster from 1866 to 1872. He then moved to Cincinnati where he served as a pension agent for the federal government He was elected a member of the 49th and 50th Congresses, serving from 1885 to 1889. He foresake re-nomination for his law practice in Cincinnati, but was elected nevertheless to the Ohio Senate in 1900 and 1901. General Brown died May 22,1904, in Cincinnati at age sixty-nine.

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