Arthur Brown (U.S. senator)

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Arthur Brown
Senator Arthur Brown.jpg
United States Senator
from Utah
In office
January 22, 1896 – March 4, 1897
Preceded by(none)
Succeeded byJoseph L. Rawlins
Personal details
Born(1843-03-08)March 8, 1843
Kalamazoo, Michigan
DiedDecember 12, 1906(1906-12-12) (aged 63)
Washington, D.C.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)LC Brown (div.)
Isabel Cameron
Alma materAntioch College
University of Michigan Law School

Arthur Brown (March 8, 1843 – December 12, 1906) was a United States Senator from Utah.

Early life[edit]

Isabel Cameron

Born in Kalamazoo, Michigan, he attended the common schools and graduated from Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio, in 1862. He pursued graduate work at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and graduated from the law department of the University of Michigan in 1864. He was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Kalamazoo.


In 1879, he moved to Salt Lake City, Utah Territory, and upon the admission of Utah as a State into the Union was elected as a Republican to the U.S. Senate and served from January 22, 1896, until March 4, 1897. He was not a candidate for renomination and resumed the practice of law in Salt Lake City.

Brown was also the second cousin of future President Calvin Coolidge[1] and a member of the Phillips Congregational Church, in Salt Lake City.


On December 8, 1906, Brown was shot in Washington, D.C., by his longtime mistress, Anne Maddison Bradley, who claimed to be the mother of his children. The lovers were jailed more than once for adultery.

Bradley found love letters to Brown from Asenath Ann "Annie" Adams Kiskadden (an actress who was the mother of actress Maude Adams). Bradley assumed Brown was having a second affair with Kiskadden, confronted him at The Raleigh Hotel on 12th Street near Pennsylvania Avenue and shot him. Brown died from his wounds four days later, at age 63, and was interred in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Salt Lake City.

At trial, it was revealed that Brown's will renounced Bradley and the two sons she claimed he sired, and a sympathetic jury acquitted her. Brown's murder was featured in an episode of Deadly Women, entitled "Ruthless Revenge".


  1. ^ Fuess, Claude M. (1940). Calvin Coolidge: The Man from Vermont. ISBN 0-8371-9320-6.

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U.S. Senate
Preceded by
U.S. Senator (Class 3) from Utah
Served alongside: Frank J. Cannon
Succeeded by
Joseph L. Rawlins