Biography of Benjamin Brown
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BENJAMIN BROWN, live stock dealer and real estate man, has without doubt handled more cattle and sheep than any other man in Northern Arizona, during the 32 years he has been in the state, having come here in 1880. He not only handles many sheep and cattle but has also been active in the handling of ranches and other real estate. Three brothers came to Holbrook, spent the winter along the Colorado and later moved south. Mr.Brown then went to Nutrioso in the spring of 1881, started in the cattle and lumber business and has been actively engaged in different pursuits since that time. He brought the first sawmill to the head of the Colorado River, hauling it in from Utah with teams. He manufactured lumber for a score of years and after he retired his descendants took up the business and are still engaged in the work. He is the father of nine children, eight girls and one son, eight of whom are living, and Mr. Brown is the grandfather of 35 grandchildren, and nine great grandchildren. Although nearly three score and ten Mr. Brown is hale and hearty and still as active as his grandchildren. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lorenzo Brown, crossed the plains with the Mormon caravan in 1848, and after having played an active part in the development of the state of Utah, came to Arizona, where both died several years ago. They were both exiled with other members of their faith from Nauvoo, Ill., in the early forties, Mr. Brown being but a babe when the colony was expelled. Although without political aspiration, he has often been urged to accept political offices, but preferred to attend to his home duties, and the different enterprises to which he gave attention, but he has been a power in the Democratic party.

From:
Who's Who in Arizona
Vol 1
Compiled and Published by Jo Conners
Press of The Arizona Daily Star
Tucson, Arizona 1913


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