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BROWN, John B., politician, born in Richfield, New York, 16 July, 1807; died in Washington, District of Columbia, 9 December, 1867. In 1849 he removed to Virginia, where he became prominent in polities in that state. In 1856 he was one of the electors for Freemont, and in 1860 a delegate to the Chicago convention, where Lincoln was nominated. On his return to Virginia he was arrested and thrown into prison on the charge of circulating incendiary documents. At the beginning of the civil war the confederate authorities offered a reward of $1,000 for his apprehension. He subsequently received an appointment in Washington.
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