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BROWN, Thomas Storrow, Canadian insurgent, born in St. Andreas, New Brunswick, 7 May, 1803, of New England loyalist parentage. He was a prosperous hardware merchant in Montreal. His strong democratic tendencies led him to ally himself with the " Sons of Liberty," a French-Canadian political organization that undertook to release Lower Canada from British rule. Papineau and the other French-Canadian leaders of the revolutionary movement gladly welcomed recruits of English descent, and Mr. Brown soon became general of the order. The first conflict was in street riots in Montreal, and Brown received a blow that destroyed one eye and subsequently caused his total. blindness. Warrants having been issued for the arrest of the principal agitators, Brown, among others, escaped to the banks of the Richelieu, where the people were eagerly waiting to take up arms. He commanded the rebels at the battle at St. Charles, where they were routed by the loyal troops. He escaped across the frontier, and, settling in Florida, was employed in various public capacities in that state. In 1844 the Canadian government entered a nolle prosequi in his case, and he returned to Montreal. In 1862 he was appointed chairman of a commission to investigate the condition of the public departments of Canada, and in 1864 an official assignee. He retired, in 1876, owing to his loss of sight, but continued to take an active interest in social movements. In spite of his blindness and his advanced age he is still one of the most active leaders of the temperance movement in the province of Quebec. He has been a prolific contributor to the press of Montreal, New York, and Florida.
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