|39th Deputy Governor of the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations|
|Preceded by||Joseph Wanton, Jr.|
|Succeeded by||Joseph Wanton, Jr.|
|Born||25 May 1717
Providence, Rhode Island
|Died||20 April 1802
North Providence, Rhode Island
Hannah (Barker) Cushing
Elisha Brown (25 May 1717 - 20 April 1802) was a deputy governor of the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations. He was the son of James and Mary (Harris) Brown, and the great grandson of early Rhode Island settler and Baptist minister Chad Brown. Brown was a member of the General Assembly, and possessed a large property, which was lost during the financial difficulties of the mid-18th century. During the Ward-Hopkins controversy, he sided with Samuel Ward, and during Ward's term as governor from 1765 to 1767, Brown was selected as his deputy governor.
Later in life, Brown moved to Wenscutt, located in North Providence, Rhode Island, and became a member of the Society of Friends. He had first married Martha, the daughter of John and Deborah (Angell) Smith, and a great granddaughter of both colonial president Gregory Dexter as well as Roger Williams' associate Thomas Angell. Following her death, he married Hannah Cushing, the widow of Elijah Cushing, and the daughter of James Barker.
Most of Brown's known ancestry is found in Austin's Genealogical Dictionary of Rhode Island.
|Ancestors of Elisha Brown|
- List of lieutenant governors of Rhode Island
- List of colonial governors of Rhode Island
- Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
- Cutter, William Richard (1908). Historic Homes and Places and Genealogical and Personal Memoirs Relating to the Families of Middlesex County, Massachusetts.
- Bicknell, Thomas Williams (1920). The History of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations. Vol.3. New York: The American Historical Society.