Leslie Warnick Brown is naturally entitled to a place in a work which treats of Utica and its leaders, for he
has long figured as one of its most successful business men and prominent and influential citizens. It was in this
city that he first opened his eyes to the light of day, his birth occurring in 1862, his parents being John G.
and Sarah J. Brown. The father, who was a native of Vermont, came to Utica in early manhood but subsequently spent
a short time in Buffalo. On his return to this city he accepted a position as clerk in the wholesale grocery house
of Hollister & Company, where he remained until they discontinued business. He then became associated with
L. A. Warrick and John Bryant in the manufacture of cigars and tobacco on Liberty street and was soon admitted
to a partnership. A few years later the business was removed to 84 Genesee street, the old "checkered store."
Mr. Bryant later withdrew but Mr. Warnick and Mr. Brown continued in partnership for over fifty years. In 1898
the former withdrew from the firm and Mr. Brown continued at the head of the business until his death in 1903,
when he was succeeded by his son. L. Warnick Brown. The father was a stalwart republican in polities and a warm
friend of Roscoe Conkling. He was prominent in business affairs and was a director of the First National Bank.
He is still survived by his widow, who resides at No. 255 Genesee street, Utica, and a daughter, Miss Jennie Abbott
Brown, and a son, Leslie Warnick, while a younger daughter, Miss Annie Forbes Brown, died in 1888.
Leslie Warnick Brown entered school at the usual age and completed his education in the Utica Advanced School and
the Utica Free Academy. After laying aside his text-books in 1884 he entered the business owned by his father,
being thus associated until the latter's death, at which time he became sole owner of the establishment. He has
since continued in the manufacture of tobacco and his enterprise, which has reached large proportions, is one of
the most substantial and prosperous concerns in this section of the county. It is true that he became interested
in a business already established, but in controlling and enlarging such an enterprise he has manifested resolute
purpose, keen perception and business ability of a high order, and has demonstrated the truth of the saying that
success is not the result of genius but the outcome of clear judgment and experience. He is known in financial
circles as a director of the First National Bank of Utica and occupies a foremost position in business circles
of this city.
It was in 1891 that Mr. Brown was united in marriage to Miss Anne Huntington, and unto them have been born five
children, as follows: Jean, a student of Miss Bennett's Finishing School for Girls; Randolph, pursuing his education
in Middlesex Academy, at Concord, Massachusetts; Huntington, Frances and Anne, attending the Utica schools.
With his family Mr. Brown attends the Calvary Episcopal church, and he is a member of the Fort Schuyler Club and
the Oneida County Historical Society, while in politics he is an independent republican. The Brown mansion at No.
255 Genesee street, is one of the finest residences in the city and its hospitality is enjoyed by the best families
of the community, the Brown family occupying a foremost position in social circles here.
History of Oneida County, New York
From 1700 to the present time
of some of its prominent men and pioneers.
By: Henry J. Cookinham
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Oneida County, NY
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