BROWN, John Young

1835–1904

Biography

BROWN, John Young, (nephew of Bryan Rust Young and William Singleton Young), a Representative from Kentucky; born in Claysville, Hardin County, Ky., June 28, 1835; was graduated from Centre College, Danville, Ky., in 1855; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1857 and commenced practice in Elizabethtown, Ky.; elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-sixth Congress (March 4, 1859-March 3, 1861), but because he had not attained the age required by the Constitution he did not take his seat until the second session; member of the Douglas National Committee in 1860; elected to the Fortieth Congress, but his seat was declared vacant because of alleged disloyalty; elected to the Forty-third and succeeding Congress (March 4, 1873-March 3, 1877); censured by the U.S. House of Representatives on February 4, 1875, for the use of unparliamentary language; resumed the practice of law in Louisville; Governor of Kentucky 1891-1895; returned to Louisville, where he practiced law until his death on January 11, 1904, in Henderson, Henderson County, Ky.; interment in Fernwood Cemetery.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives

Frankfort, KY
Papers: 1891-1895, 54 cubic feet. The gubernatorial papers of John Young Brown. A finding aid is available in the repository.

The Filson Club Historical Society

Louisville, KY
Papers: In the Young Ewing Allison Papers, 1840-1932, 10 cubic feet. Other authors include John Young Brown.
Papers: In the Don Carlos Buell Papers, ca. 1813-1898, 4 cubic feet. Subjects include John Young Brown.
Papers: In the Grand Army of the Republic Encampment Records, 1895, 11 cubic feet. Subjects include John Young Brown.
Papers: In the Charles Lanman Collection, 1 cubic foot. The collection contains an autobiographical or biographical sketch of John Young Brown. An unpublished finding aid is available in the repository.

Kentucky Historical Society

Frankfort, KY
Papers: 1899, 1 item. The collection contains a letter written by John Young Brown of Louisville, Kentucky, to John McCord of Lebonnon, Kentucky. The document was written June 16, 1899. The letter concerns the upcoming election and the bitter divisions within the Democratic Party. Young states that, "the party is in retched condition," and could not "promise the results" of the election. A finding aid is available in the repository.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division

Washington, DC
Papers: In the Miscellaneous Manuscripts Collection, 1874, 1 letter. Letter of John Young Brown, 1874.

State University of New York, University at Buffalo
The Poetry Collection

Buffalo, NY
Papers: In the Lockwood Collection, ca. 1873, 1 item. An autograph album containing signatures of famous 19th century figures. Persons represented include John Young Brown.

University of Kentucky Libraries
Special Collections Library, Margaret I. King Building

Lexington, KY
Papers: In the Benjamin Forsythe Buckner Papers, 1785-1918, 3 volumes. Subjects include John Young Brown.
Papers: In the Lindsay Family Papers, 1794-1932, 20.1 cubic feet. Subjects include John Young Brown.
Papers: In the Thomas Stevenson Pettit Papers, 1864-1932, 0.4 cubic foot. Subjects include John Young Brown.
Microfilm: In the William Sylvester Taylor Papers 1899-1937, 1 microfilm reel. Subjects include John Young Brown.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Brown, John Young. Speech of Hon. J. Young Brown, of Kentucky, in the House of Representatives, February 13, 1868. Washington: Congressional Globe Office, 1868.

United States (40th Congress, 1st session: House). Kentucky elections: testimony in cases of Messrs ; Trimble, Brown, Knott, Grover, Jones, Beck and Young, members elect from Kentucky ; taken in accordance with resolution of the House of Representatives, July 8, 1867, printed under the resolution of March 7, 1867. N.p., 1867.

United States Congress (40th, 2nd session: 1867-1869) House Committee of Elections. Samuel E. Smith vs. John Young Brown. [Washington, D.C.: N.p., 1868?]

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