William M. Browne

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William Browne
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Confederate States Secretary of State
In office
February 18, 1862 – March 18, 1862
President Jefferson Davis
Preceded by Robert Hunter
Succeeded by Judah Benjamin
Personal details
Born (1827-07-07)July 7, 1827
Dublin, United Kingdom
(now Ireland)
Died April 28, 1883(1883-04-28) (aged 55)
Athens, Georgia, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Military service
Allegiance  United Kingdom
 Confederate States of America
Service/branch  British Army
 Confederate States Army
Years of service 1854–1855 (UK)
1862–1865 (CSA)
Rank Confederate States of America General.png Brigadier General
Battles/wars Crimean War
American Civil War

William Montague Browne (July 7, 1827 – April 28, 1883) was a prominent Confederate politician, as well as a general in the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War.


Browne was born in Dublin, Ireland, and served in the British Army during the Crimean War. He emigrated to the southern United States in 1855.

He served as Acting Confederate Secretary of State and as aide-de-camp to President Jefferson Davis. He was promoted to brigadier general in November 1864.

After the war, Browne was an attorney and was a professor of History and Constitutional Law at the University of Georgia. He died in Athens, Georgia and was buried in its Oconee Hill Cemetery.

Allegedly, he was a nephew of the Marquess of Sligo. (See discussion on Marquess of Sligo).

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Political offices
Preceded by
Robert Hunter
Confederate States Secretary of State

Succeeded by
Judah Benjamin