Benjamin Brown (politician)

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Benjamin Brown
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 16th district
In office
March 4, 1815 – March 3, 1817
Preceded by Samuel Davis
Succeeded by Ezekiel Whitman
Personal details
Born (1756-09-23)September 23, 1756
Swansea, Massachusetts, U.S.
Died September 17, 1831(1831-09-17) (aged 74)
Waldoboro, Maine, U.S.
Resting place Waldoboro Cemetery
Waldoboro, Maine
Citizenship US
Political party Federalist
Spouse(s) Susan Wells Brown
Children James N Brown
Hector M Brown
Charles S Brown
Profession Physician

Benjamin Brown (September 23, 1756 - September 17, 1831) was an American politician who served in the United States Congress as a Representative from Massachusetts (Maine was a part of Massachusetts until 1820).

Early life[edit]

Born in Swansea, Massachusetts, Brown studied medicine and began his medical practice in Waldoboro, Maine.


Brown served as a surgeon aboard the American frigate "Boston" in 1778 when John Adams traveled on the "Boston" while American commissioner to France.[1]

A member of the Massachusetts state house of representatives, Brown served as a state representative in 1809, 1811, 1812 and in 1819.

Brown was elected as a Federalist to the Fourteenth Congress, and served as a United States Representative for the state of Massachusetts from March 4, 1815 to March 3, 1817.[2] After leaving office, he resumed the practice of medicine until his death.


Brown died on September 17, 1831 in Waldoboro, Maine. He is interred at Waldoboro Cemetery in Waldoboro.[3]

Family life[edit]

Brown married Susan Wells. His son John G. Brown married Bertha Smouse and also practiced medicine in Waldoboro and built the house on the corner of Church (now School) and Main street now known as Stahls Tavern.[4]


  1. ^ "BROWN, Benjamin, (1756 - 1831)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved September 29, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Rep. Benjamin Brown". Retrieved September 29, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Dr Benjamin Brown". Find A Grave. Retrieved September 29, 2012. 
  4. ^ Miller, Samuel Llewellyn. History of the town of Waldoboro, Maine. Wiscasset, Me.: Emerson, printer, 1910. 249. Print.

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Preceded by
Samuel Davis
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 16th congressional district

1815 – 1817
Succeeded by
Ezekiel Whitman