BENJAMIN BROWN came to Staten Island in 1853 from New York, where he was reared and educated. His first entrance
into politics was in 1861, when he was elected to the office of constable on the Democratic ticket. In 1869, after
one of the hardest fights known in local politics, he was elected trustee of the village of Edgewater, which office
he held for several years. serving also one term as president of the board.
In 1876, he was elected to the office of sheriff, and at the expiration of his term was elected treasurer and collector
for the village of Edgewater which offices he held for three years when, in 1882, he was again elected sheriff.
At the expiration of his second term, he was made under sheriff under John J. Vaughan, Jr., thus serving nine years
as sheriff and under sheriff.
During the days of the old Volunteer Fire Department, Mr. Brown was the prime mover in organizing the Edgewater
Fire Department and was for a time its president and treasurer, and for six years its chief engineer. Soon after
the breaking out of the Civil war, he helped to organize the fifth Ira Harris Cavalry, and was its first forage
He is a strong advocate of Loans Associations and always endeavors to impress upon the working man the benefits
to be derived by joining the in and owning his home.
In 1887, he organized Pioneer Lodge of the Ancient Order of United Workmen which lodge soon reached a membership
of two hundred; this organization is a benevolent order or life insurance and has paid for its sick and deceased
brethron over seventy thousand dollars in this short space off time. He was made district deputy the same year
and has organized ten lodges in this county. The tenth lodge Vigilant, No. 429, was instituted on November 11th
with the largest list of charter members of any that has yet been organized in the county.
Mr. Brown is now engaged in the coal and wood business at Stapleton, having purchased the long established coal
yard of S. C. Hall, where he is doing a thriving and prosperous business.
Prominent Men of Staten Island 1893
A. Y. Hubbell, Publishers
New York, 1893.
Richmond County, NY
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