John T. Browne

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John Thomas Browne (March 23, 1845 in Ballylanders, County Limerick, Ireland – August 19, 1941 in Houston, Texas) was an Irish Catholic Mayor of Houston, Texas. He was instrumental in starting the Houston Fire Department as a paid force.[1] He served in that post from 1892 to 1896 and then in the Texas House of Representatives from 1897 to 1899 and again in 1907. He married Mollie Bergin on September 13, 1871 and was also known as "The Fighting Irishman" and "Honest John". He was a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians and the Knights of Columbus. He died of pneumonia and was buried at Glenwood Cemetery in Houston.[2]

Political offices
Preceded by
Henry Scherffius
Mayor of Houston, Texas
Succeeded by
Horace Baldwin Rice