Biography of Fayette Brown
Cuyahoga County, OH Biographies

FAYETTE BROWN was one of the most venerable and honored citizens of Cleveland at the time of his death, and had made large contribution to the civic and material advancement of the Ohio metropolis. He was born in Trumbull County, Ohio, December 17, 1823, and after receiving good educational advantages, as gauged by the standards of the locality and period, he became a clerk in a wholesale hardware establishment in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he having eventually become a partner in the business. In 1851 he became a resident of Cleveland, where he became junior member of the banking firm of Mygatt & Brown. In 1857 he assumed full control of the business, but at the inception of the Civil war he closed his bank and became a paymaster in the United States Army. Personal interests necessitated his resignation the following year, and upon his return to Cleveland he became general agent and manager for the Jackson Iron Company, a position which he retained until December, 1887. He became one of the prominent representatives of the iron industry and was foremost in making Cleveland a great iron center. He became president of the Union Screw Company, the Brown Hoisting Machinery Company, the National Chemical Company, and the G. C. Kuhianan Car Company, was made chairman of the Stewart Iron Company, Ltd., and was a member of the firm of H. H. Brown & Company, one of the large iron-ore concerns of the country. His was a loyal and noble personality, and his name merits high place on the roll of those prominently concerned in the upbuilding of Cleveland.

In 1847 Mr. Brown married Miss Cornelia C. Curtiss, of Allegheny City, Pennsylvania, and they became the parents of three sons and two daughters, two of the sons having, like their father, become prominent representatives of the iron trade in Cleveland.

A History of Cuyahoga County
and the City of Cleveland
By: William R. Coates
The American Historical Society
Chicago and New York, 1924

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