Biography of William E. Brownlee
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BROWNLEE, William Ellsworth, wholesale lumber merchant; born, Macomb County, Mich., Aug. 27, 1864; son of William G. and Mary A. (Jones) Brownlee; father born in Scotland and came to America when four years of age; mother native of America, of Englishborn parents; educated Detroit grammar schools and Central High School; B.A., University of Michigan, 1885; married, Oct. 12, 1886, Blanche D. Curtis, of Petoskey, Mich.; two children: Bernice G., William G. Journalist, 1885-94; managing editor Minneapolis Journal, 1887-89; chief editor Denver Times, 1890-94, and part owner of the latter. Lumber manufacturer and wholesaler, Detroit, since July, 1894; firm was Browulee & Co. to Feb. 1, 1907, The Brownlee Kelly Co. to May 1, 1913; incorporated, May 1, 1913, as The Brownlee Co., of which is president and treasurer. Republican. Congregationalist. Member Psi Upsilon (Phi Chapter, Ann Arbor, Mich.) Club: Fellowcraft. Recreations: automobiling and boating. Office: River Rouge (suburb of Detroit). Residence: 1085 Second Ave.

From:
The Book of Detroiters
A Biographical Dictionary
Of Leading Living Men
Of The City of Detroit

Second Edition 1914
Edited By: Albert Nelson Marquis
A. N. Marquis & Company
Chicago 1914.

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