George M. Brown

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George M. Brown
George M. Brown 1910.JPG
Brown circa 1910
50th Associate Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court
In office
Appointed by Ben W. Olcott
Preceded by Alfred S. Bennett
Succeeded by John O. Bailey
5th Oregon Attorney General
In office
January 4, 1915 – October 14, 1920
Preceded by Andrew M. Crawford
Succeeded by Isaac H. Van Winkle
Personal details
Born May 5, 1864
Douglas County, Oregon
Died June 18, 1934(1934-06-18) (aged 70)
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Bertha Bellows

George M. Brown (1864–1934) was an American attorney and judge in the state of Oregon. He was the 50th Associate Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court and the 5th attorney general of the state from 1915 to 1920. An Oregon born and educated attorney, he previously worked as a district attorney in Southern Oregon.

Early life[edit]

George Brown was born on May 5, 1864 in Southern Oregon’s Douglas County.[1] His parents Thomas Brown and Sarah Flett Brown immigrated to Oregon Country in 1847.[1] In Oregon, George was educated in the local schools before attending and graduating from Umpqua Academy in 1883.[1] He then went on to Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, where he graduated in 1885.[1] After reading law in Salem, Brown passed the bar in 1891.[1]

Legal career[edit]

From 1894 until 1896 George Brown was the district attorney for Oregon’s 2nd district while headquartered in Roseburg.[1] He was then reelected and continued in that position until 1908.[1] In 1914, Brown was elected as Oregon's Attorney General as a Republican with his term beginning on January 4, 1915.[2] In this role he represented the state along with John O. Bailey in the United States Supreme Court case of Bunting v. Oregon that upheld an Oregon law in a landmark decision regulating the number of maximum hours an employer could work an employee.[3] He was reelected in 1918 and continued as attorney general until October 14, 1920, when he resigned the position.[2]

Also on October 14, Oregon Governor Ben W. Olcott appointed Brown to the state supreme court bench after Alfred S. Bennett resigned from the court.[4][5] That same year he won election to a full six-year term on the bench.[5] In 1926, Brown won reelection and then left the court at the end of that term in 1933.[5]


In 1895 Brown married Bertha Bellows.[1] The Browns would have three children.[1] George M. Brown died on June 18, 1934 at the age of 70.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Corning, Howard M. Dictionary of Oregon History. Binfords & Mort Publishing, 1956.
  2. ^ a b Oregon Blue Book: Attorneys General of Oregon. Oregon Secretary of State. Retrieved on February 2, 2008.
  3. ^ Bunting v. Oregon. Net Industries. Retrieved on February 2, 2008.
  4. ^ Oregon Blue Book: Governors of Oregon. Oregon Secretary of State. Retrieved on February 2, 2008.
  5. ^ a b c Oregon Blue Book: Supreme Court Justices of Oregon. Oregon Secretary of State. Retrieved on February 2, 2008.
Legal offices
Preceded by
Andrew M. Crawford
Attorney General of Oregon
Succeeded by
Isaac H. Van Winkle