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- Brown, James
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James Brown was born in 1790 at Forfarshire, Scotland. He emigrated to New Brunswick in 1808 and eventually settled at Tower Hill, Charlotte County, where he purchased land and engaged in farming. He was first elected to the House of Assembly of New Brunswick at the general election of June 1830, as one of the members from Charlotte County. For the next thirty-four years, Brown was politically active as a member of the New Brunswick legislature where he served seven years (1854-1861) as Surveyor -General and four years (1850-1854) as a member of the Legislative Council. Electoral defeat in 1861 and 1864 led to his retirement from public life. James Brown died in 1870 at Tower Hill, Charlotte County.
See also Stuart Scrapbook, no. 9, MG H25, for extensive biography of James Brown.
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This fonds consists of correspondence to James Brown, mostly concerning his constituency, 1840 - 1866; petitions to Sir William Colebrook, the Lieutenant Governor, mainly from residents of Charlotte County, 1842 - 1866, and a few miscellaneous printed items.
Correspondence with Charlotte County residents is primarily concerned with constituency matters including grants of money to construct bridges, to establish a monthly agricultural periodical, for pensions for widows of Revolutionary soldiers, and for land. Petitions to Colebrook from Charlotte County residents deal with such issues as pensions for Revolutionary soldiers and remuneration for teaching school.
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