James S. Brown

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James S. Brown
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Wisconsin's 1st district
In office
March 4, 1863 – March 3, 1865
Preceded by John F. Potter
Succeeded by Halbert Eleazer Paine
Mayor of Milwaukee
In office
Preceded by William Pitt Lynde
Succeeded by Horace Chase
Personal details
Born February 1, 1824
Hampden. Maine
Died April 15, 1878(1878-04-15) (aged 54)
Chicago, Illinois
Political party Democratic

James Sproat Brown (February 1, 1824 – April 15, 1878) was an American lawyer and Democratic politician from Wisconsin who served in Congress.

Brown was born in 1824 in Hampden, Maine. He moved to Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1840 and, after being admitted to the bar in 1843, began practicing law in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1844. Brown was elected prosecuting attorney for Milwaukee County in 1846, and from 1848 to 1850 served as the first attorney general of Wisconsin. In 1861 Brown served as mayor of Milwaukee. From 1863 to 1865, Brown served one term in the United States House of Representatives during the 38th Congress representing Wisconsin's 1st congressional district from March 4, 1863 to March 3, 1865. He ran for reelection in 1864 but was defeated.

After his term in Congress, Brown moved to Europe in 1865 to recuperate his health. He returned to the United States in 1873, where he practiced law once again in Milwaukee. Brown died in 1878 in Chicago, Illinois, at age 54. He was buried at Milwaukee's Forest Home Cemetery.


Political offices
Preceded by
William Pitt Lynde
Mayor of Milwaukee
Succeeded by
Horace Chase
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
John F. Potter
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Wisconsin's 1st congressional district

March 4, 1863 – March 3, 1865
Succeeded by
Halbert Eleazer Paine