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John Brown
Date: 1736 - 1803
Remarks: John was the son of James and Hope (Power) Brown. He and his three brothers went into partnership, but in 1770 the subject established his own mercantile firm which became quite a profitable business. In 1760 he married Sara Smith. Brown was an ardent patriot during the American Revolution. It was he who laid the cornerstone of Brown University, and from 1799 to 1801 he served as United States representative from his native state. His residence on Power Street, built in 1787, now houses the Rhode Island Historical Society.