Daniel Russell Brown

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Daniel Russell Brown
RI Governor D. Russell Brown.jpg
Official portrait by Jared Bradley Flagg
43rd Governor of Rhode Island
In office
May 31, 1892 – May 29, 1895
LieutenantMelville Bull
Edwin Allen
Preceded byHerbert W. Ladd
Succeeded byCharles W. Lippitt
Personal details
Born(1848-03-28)March 28, 1848
Bolton, Connecticut, U.S.
DiedFebruary 28, 1919(1919-02-28) (aged 70)
Resting placeSwan Point Cemetery

Daniel Russell Brown (March 28, 1848 – February 28, 1919) was an American politician and the 43rd Governor of Rhode Island.

Early life[edit]

D. Russell Brown was born in Bolton, Connecticut, United States, on March 28, 1848.[1] He was son of Arba Harrison Brown and Harriet M. (Dart) Brown.[2] He went to public schools and worked his way up to head salesman at a hardware store in Hartford, then moved to Providence, Rhode Island, where he became partner in a mill supply store.[3] He married Isabel Barrows October 14, 1874,[2] they had three children, Milton Barrows Brown, Isabel Russell Brown (later Brunschwig), and Hope Caroline Brown (later Chapin). Hope was honeymooning on the British ocean liner RMS Carpathia in April 1912, when this vessel took on the survivors of the RMS Titanic.[3]

Political career[edit]

Brown was a Presidential Elector for Rhode Island in 1888.[2] He was a member of the Providence City Council for four years before he ran for governor. He won the first election by popular vote, was then reelected by the General Assembly the next year, when no candidate reached the required majority, and won the popular vote again in his third gubernatorial election. He held the governor's office from May 31, 1892 to May 29, 1895. In his last term, he played a key role in the adoption of a constitutional amendment that permitted election by a plurality rather than a majority vote. He was suggested as vice presidential candidate at the Republican National Convention of 1896, having the support of New England, but was not selected.[3]

He was an active member of the Freemasons.[4] In 1891 he became a member of the Rhode Island Society of the Sons of the American Revolution.

He died on February 28, 1919, and was buried at Swan Point Cemetery in Providence.[2]


  1. ^ "Daniel Russell Brown". www.nga.org. Retrieved 2017-01-10.
  2. ^ a b c d "Index to Politicians: Brown, C-D". politicalgraveyard.com.
  3. ^ a b c "Rhode Island Governor Daniel Russell Brown". National Governors Association. Archived from the original on 2010-01-04.
  4. ^ Kestenbaum, Lawrence. "The Political Graveyard: Freemasons, politicians, Rhode Island". politicalgraveyard.com.


  • Sobel, Robert and John Raimo. Biographical Directory of the Governors of the United States, 1789-1978. Greenwood Press, 1988. ISBN 0-313-28093-2
Political offices
Preceded by
Herbert W. Ladd
Governor of Rhode Island
Succeeded by
Charles W. Lippitt