John W. Brown (New York politician)

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John W. Brown
John W. Brown (New York).jpg
Justice of the New York Supreme Court
In office
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 6th district
In office
March 4, 1833 – March 3, 1837
Preceded bySamuel J. Wilkin
Succeeded byNathaniel Jones
Personal details
Born(1796-10-11)October 11, 1796
Dundee, Scotland, United Kingdom
DiedSeptember 6, 1875(1875-09-06) (aged 78)
Newburgh, New York
Other political
Occupationattorney, judge

John W. Brown (October 11, 1796 in Dundee, Scotland – September 6, 1875 in 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 Congress. "John W. Brown (id: B000932)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • Political Graveyard
  • The New York Civil List compiled by Franklin Benjamin Hough (page 350; Weed, Parsons and Co., 1858)
  • Court of Appeals judges
  • John W. Brown at Find a Grave
  • Sketches of Some of the Prominent Members of the Orange County Bar, by Walter case Anthony (1917)
U.S. 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