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BROWN, John Calvin, soldier, born in Giles County, Tennessee, 6 January, 1827. He was graduated at Jackson College, Tennessee, in 1846. He entered the military service of the confederate states at the beginning of the civil war, and was successively promoted to colonel, brigadier-general, and major general. Left nearly penniless by the war he found employment as a railroad surveyor at a small salary, but proved so efficient a manager that he was made president of the Nashville railroad. After constructing several small lines in Tennessee, he entered the service of the Texas Pacific railroad and had charge of it during its extension westward to the Rio Grande and eastward to New Orleans. Later he was appointed receiver of the entire property. He was president of the constitutional convention of Tennessee, and was twice governor of the state--in 1870 and 1875. He has traveled extensively in Europe, Asia, Africa, and North America.--His brother, Neil S., died in February, 1886, was governor of Tennessee in 1847 and 1849, and was United States minister to Russia under Taylor's administration.
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