John W. Brown (New York politician)

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John W. Brown, Congressman from New York

John W. Brown (October 11, 1796 Dundee, Scotland – September 6, 1875 Newburgh, Orange County, New York) was an American politician from New York.


Brown immigrated to the United States in 1802 with his father, who settled in Newburgh, New York. He attended the public schools and later studied law. He was admitted to the bar in 1818 and commenced practice in Newburgh. He was elected a justice of the peace in 1820.

Brown was elected as a Jacksonian to the 23rd and 24th United States Congresses, and served from March 4, 1833, to March 3, 1837. Afterwards he resumed the practice of law.

He was a justice of the New York Supreme Court (2nd District) from 1850 to 1865, and was ex officio a judge of the New York Court of Appeals in 1857 and 1865. In 1865, he ran on the Democratic ticket for the Court of Appeals but was defeated by Republican Ward Hunt. Afterwards he again resumed the practice of law.

He was buried in Cedar Hill Cemetery in Newburgh, New York.


United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Samuel J. Wilkin
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 6th congressional district

Succeeded by
Nathaniel Jones