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BROWN, William Henry, capitalist, born in North Huntington, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, 15 January, 1815; died in Philadelphia, 12 October, 1875. He was in early life a canal-boatman and coal-digger, became a small dealer in coal in Pittsburgh, afterward part owner in a mine, and in 1848 commenced mining and coking for the Pittsburgh iron furnaces. In 1858 he began the new enterprise of sending coal in flatboats, towed by steamers, down the Mississippi. He supplied the government with coal at Cairo and Memphis during the war, also furnished it for the gas-works of St. Louis, and stood at the head of the coal trade of New Orleans and the lower Mississippi. BROWN, William Hill, poet born in 1766; died in Murfreesborough, North Carolina, 2 September, 1793. He wrote a tragedy, founded on the death of Major John Andre, and a comedy. His "Ira and Isabella" was published in 1807.
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