Thomas H. Brown

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For others of the same name, see Thomas Brown.

Thomas H. Brown was twice Mayor of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.


Brown was born Thomas Hoyt Brown in 1839.[1] He died in 1908.


Brown served as an alderman and President of the Milwaukee Common Council before serving as Mayor from 1880 to 1882.

In 1888, merchant and former alderman Herman Kroeger ran for Mayor of Milwaukee as a Union Labor candidate. advocating public ownership of municipal improvements, the establishment of public baths and a law permitting the recall of city officials. He was taken so seriously that the Republicans and Democrats united to run Brown as a fusion candidate against him. He was nearly elected anyway, with 15,033 votes to 15,978 for Brown. Radical Socialist Labor candidate Colin Campbell, backed by Paul Grottkau (imprisoned editor of the Arbeiter Zeitung) garnered 964 votes, just enough to keep Kroeger from winning if they’d gone to him instead.[2]

Brown was a Republican.[3] He is interred in Forest Home Cemetery in Milwaukee.[4]


  1. ^ "Thomas Hoyt Brown". Find a Grave. Retrieved 2011-10-13. 
  2. ^ Wells, Robert W. This Is Milwaukee New York: Doubleday, 1970; p. 169
  3. ^ "Thomas Hoyt Brown". Political Graveyard. Retrieved 2011-10-13. 
  4. ^ "Historical People". Forest Home Cemetery. Retrieved May 16, 2014.