WILLIAM L BROWN - One of the most progressive, public spirited citizens of The Bronx is William I. Brown, who
dates his ancestry back to Colonial days. His paternal grandfather, Elias G. Brown, came from England to Philadelphia
and established the first marble yard on Chestnut Street. Through this ancestry, and that of his mother's family,
he is eligible to membership in The Holland Society and the Sons of the American Revolution. He was born in New
York City, December 24. 1866, son of Robert Ingram, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, November 4, 1823, died
in 1914, and of Mary C. A. (Baymond) Brown, born in New York City, January 25, 1825, died in The Bronx in 1917,
aged ninety two years. They were the parents of seven children, of which survived a daughter. Emilie L. Brown;
two sons, Walter E. Brown, and William Brown, of whom further.
William I. Brown received his elementary education in Public School No. 61, now No. 2, graduating in 1881. and
then attended the College of the City of New York. After leaving college he was interested in the exporting business
until January 1, 1886, when he associated himself with his father in the real estate business, his father one of
the oldest realtors of The Bronx, situated at No. 3428 Third Avenue. Robert I. Brown came to The Bronx in 1867,
where he was established in the real estate business until 1893, when he retired. William I. Brown continued with
his brother, Walter E. Brown, in the business established by his father until 1916, he being considered an expert
in this line of activity. In 1919 he was called to The Bronx Savings Bank to take charge of their Mortgage Department,
his present position. He is a trustee of the Union Hospital, and chairman of its finance committee; chairman of
the Real Estate Committee of The Bronx Savings Bank; and is very prominent in fraternal circles, being a trustee
of Guiding Star Lodge, No. 565, Free and Accepted Masons, and a Past Great Sachem of the Improved Order of Red
Men of the State of New York. He is a great lover of the outdoors and takes great pleasure in canoe trips and fishing
in the Maine woods.
William I. Brown married, in Danbury, Connecticut, Irene C. Clark, of Mount Vernon, New York, daughter of Joseph
S. and Harriet (Grovesteen) Clark, her parents both deceased.
The Bronx and its people
A History 1609-1927
Board of Editors: James L. Wells,
Louis F. Haffen
Josiah A. Briggs.
Historian: Benedict Fitspatrick
Publisher: The Lewis Historical Publishing Co., Inc.
New York 1927
Bronx County, NY
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