Biography of William R. Brown
Cuyahoga County, OH Biographies

WILLIAM RILEY BROWN is prominently identified with business affairs of important order in the City of Cleveland, where he is vice president of the Realty Bond & Mortgage Company, and holds the same office in the Bankers Investment Company.

Mr. Brown is a native of the old Hoosier State and is a scion of one of its sterling pioneer families, his paternal grandfather having been a wealthy merchant and extensive landowner in Jackson County, Indiana, where his father was a pioneer settler and, clearing and draining, reclaimed a large area of rich farm land. Thematernal grandfather of Mr. Brown likewise owned a large landed estate in Indiana. He served as a gallant soldier and officer of the Union in the Civil war, and his death resulted from the hardships he endured while in this patriotic service.

William Riley Brown was born at Brownstown, Indiana, March 25, 1884, a son of Mack and Emma B. (Prow) Brown, both likewise natives of that state. The father conducted a merchandising business at Bedford, Indiana.

The preliminary education of William R. Brown was acquired in the public schools of his native place, and was supplemented by his attending Marion Normal College, Marion, Indiana; Valparaiso University, at Valparaiso, that state, and by three years of study in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois. After leaving the university Mr. Brown entered the investment brokerage business, and he has developed admirable initiative and administrative ability in the organization of well ordered mortgage companies. He was the promoter and organizer of the Realty Bond & Mortgage Company of Cleveland, of which he is now vice president, and also of the Bankers Investment Company, corporations that are functioning normally and most successfully in connection with financial affairs in Cleveland. Mr. Brown is a republican in political allegiance, is an active member of the Cleveland Chamber of Commerce and the Cleveland Real Estate Board, and is a liberal and progressive citizen. His religious faith is that of the Methodist Episcopal Church. His offices are established in the Leader News Building.

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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