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BROWN, John, clergyman, born in county Antrim, Ireland, 15 June, 1763; died in Fort Gaines, Georgia, 11 December, 1842. His parents immigrated to this country and secured a title to 160 acres of land in Chester District, South Carolina. The son was compelled to aid his parents on the farm, and his early education consisted of a short course in a grammar school in the Waxhaw settlement. In 1779 he joined the revolutionary army as a volunteer and fought under General Sumter. After the war he studied theology under the Rev. Dr. McCorkle near Salisbury, North Carolina, and was licensed to preach in 1788. Shortly afterward he became pastor of the Waxhaw church, where he remained until 1809, when he was elected professor of logic and moral philosophy in the University of South Carolina. In 1811 he became president of the University of Georgia, where he remained for many years, and, on retiring from teaching, resumed his pastoral duties at Mount Zion church, in Hancock coounty, Georgia. His last years were spent in Fort Gaines, Georgia.
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