Biography of Edwars Osgood Brown
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BROWN, EDWARD OSGOOD.- Born at Salem, Mass., Aug. 5, 1847. Son of Edward and Eliza Osgood (Dalton) Brown. Parents of purely American birth and English descent. The family record can be traced through sixty-four lineal ancestors, embracing the entire list in the sixth generation back, who came from old England to New England in the seventeenth century. Father and paternal grandfather, Brown, and most of collateral relatives on the father's side, as well as some upon the mother's, were shipmasters and merchants. Grandfather Brown was one of the famous, skillful and bold navigators, who, about the beginning of this century, made Salem known all over the world. At one time, single handed, he drove a piratical band of Malays from his ship, killing eight, and disabling many more. So many ancestors arrived in this country at about the same time that it is hard to indicate who the first one really was. As near, however, as can be ascertained, it was John Brown who came to Ipswich, Essex county, Mass., some time before 1850. In tracing back the Brown ancestry it is learned that mott of the early settlers in this country located in Essex county, Mass. Edward Osgood Brown was educated in the schools of Salem, at the Brown University in Providence, R. I., and at the Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Mass. He taught school for a year, after leaving college, at St. Mark's school, Southboro, Mass. Since that time he has been a student and a practitioner of law. Mr. Brown came to Chicago in April, 1872, with a college classmate, Orville Peckham, now his partner in the law business. This firm has, since its organization in this city, been engaged in a number of cases of decided interest. One, The People vs. Knickerbocker, called the probate court case, involved the constitutionality of that court. The sanitary district or drainage cases were interesting, as they involved the constitutionality of the sanitary district laws; Zirngible vs. Calumet county, which involved a vast amount of real estate on the Calumet river. The case also of Wilson vs. Roots might be mentioned as important, although it only involved a private contention, but it was of a magnitude to make it a case of decided interest. Mr. Brown is president of the Massachusetts Society in Chicago, and is vice-president of the Iroquois Club, and chairman of its political committee. He has never held or sought any public office. In religion he is a Roman Catholic, a convert since 1869. In politics he is a radical democrat, and an ardent believer and supporter of the single tax movement, and is a warm personal friend of Henry George. He is a member of the Chicago Literary, the Law, the University, the Iroquois, the Sunset, the Chicago Single Tax, and other clubs; is also a member of the Chicago Bar and the Union Catholic Literary associations. Mr. Brown has done considerable literary work, and is the author of three pamphlets on the early history of Michigan and Illinois. He has written some papers on medico-legal subjects, and a number of a political character, but more especially with reference to the single tax idea. He was married in June, 1884, to Helen Gertrude Eagle, daughter of James Eagle, of Chicago. His children are Edward Eagle, Helen Dalton, Walter Elliott, Robert and Mary Wilmarth. Mr. Brown's wife is a niece of Walter Elliott, a highly esteemed and able priest af the community of St. Paul, in New York, who was for awhile editor of The Catholic World.

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