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John 'Red' Brown
Full Name: John "Red" Brown
Date of birth: October 30, 1786
Date of death: August 19, 1852

Terms of Service top
Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
H 17 Nov 3, 1851 - Nov 6, 1851 4th (1)     Unknown / Henderson   Henderson, Van Zandt
H Nacogdoches Feb 16, 1846 - Dec 13, 1847 1st (2) (3) (4) (5)     Nacogdoches / Nacogdoches Speaker 3/3/1846 - 3/9/1846.   Nacogdoches
(1) Jonathan Russell unseated John Brown in election contest 11/6/1851. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(2) Branch resigned as speaker 3/16, and Crump was again elected, resigning 5/1 to be succeeded the same day by Bourland, who resigned 5/11 and was succeeded by Perkins. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(3) Crump, elected speaker 2/16/1846, on 3/3 was granted leave of absence until 3/15, and Brown was elected speaker pro tempore. Brown resigned 3/9, the House adopted a resolution declaring the office vacant since 3/3, and Branch was elected speaker. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(4) Democrat. Table of members of the 1st Legislature, Texas Democrat, 5/20/1846, p. 3, crediting The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).
(5) On 3/9/1846, ". . . the house passed a resolution affirming that Crump had in fact vacated the office, declaring retroactively that Brown had been speaker rather than merely speaker pro tempore." Presiding Officers of the Texas Legislature, 1846-2016, 2016.
Biographical Notes and Resources top
Biographical Sketches
  • Biographical sketch, p. 58, Biographical Directory of the Texan Conventions and Congresses, 1832-1845, 1942.
  • BROWN, BEAUFORD WARREN (1816-1898). Relatives: John 'Red' Brown - father; Buford Warren Brown - son. Handbook of Texas Online.
  • BROWN, JOHN [RED] (1786?-1852). Handbook of Texas Online.
  • 2nd Speaker of the House of Representatives: John Brown. Biographical sketch. Presiding Officers of the Texas Legislature, 1846-2016, 2016.
  • Other Resources
  • Mentioned in HENDERSON COUNTY. "Brownsboro, three miles from Normandy at a ferry crossing on Kickapoo Creek, is the oldest existing town in the county; it was established in 1849 by John (Red) Brown." Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Descendants of John 'Red' Brown and Margaret Hodges Brooks. Died August 19, 1852 in Henderson County, TX. RootsWeb.com Internet genealogical service.
  • Listed in "History of Legislative Representatives From This County [Henderson] Compiled," from Athens Weekly Review, 11/10/1938. TXGenWeb Project.
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