Joseph Stanley Brown

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Joseph Stanley Brown
Two bronze urns sit on a table in front of two coffins. The urn on the left is slightly taller than the one on the right.
The urn of Joseph Stanley Brown (left) sits beside the urn of Mollie Garfield (right) in the crypt of the James A. Garfield Memorial.
BornFebruary 3, 1858
DiedMay 17, 1941 (aged 83)
Resting placeJames A. Garfield Memorial
OccupationGeologist, Secretary to the President of the United States
Known forServing as secretary to James Garfield, helping with the USGS

Joseph Stanley Brown served as private secretary to the twentieth President of the United States, James A. Garfield. He would completely devote himself to Garfield, as seen when Garfield asked "What can I do for you?" at their first meeting, prompting Brown to respond, " "It's not what you can do for me, but what I can do for you, sir." Brown would serve as Garfield's secretary during his brief presidency, controlling the office-seekers that ran rampant due to the spoils system, which Garfield's vice president Chester Arthur would eventually reform.[1] He married President Garfield's daughter Mary "Mollie" Garfield in 1888.[2][3]

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  1. ^ "My Friend Garfield". American Heritage. 1971. Retrieved 2017-06-06.
  2. ^ Feldman, Ruth Tenzer (2005). James Garfield. Twenty-First Century Books. p. 103.
  3. ^ "Daughters of our Presidents". The Ladies' Home Journal. December 1896. Retrieved June 23, 2017.