Member Biography

John H. Brown 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1893-1894       39 Republican
1895-1896       39 Republican
1897-1898       39 Republican
1899-1900       39 Republican

COUNTIES: Westmoreland  


06/29/1843 - 02/02/1927

John H. Brown (R39) Westmoreland County 1893-1900

Early Life:

John H. Brown, born June 29, 1843, Grapeville, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania; son of John and Elizabeth Painter Brown; common school education; Harrison City Academy; Duff’s College; engaged, merchandising, farming; postmaster, Grapeville, Pennsylvania, 18 years; Grapeville, school director, three years; chairman, Westmoreland Republican Committee, 1891-1893; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1893-1900; appointed, first controller Westmoreland County, 1901, reelected; died, February 2, 1927 (aged 83) Jeannette, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania; interment, Brush Creek Cemetery, Irwin, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Postmaster, Grapeville, Pennsylvania, 18 years; Grapeville, school director, three years.

Chairman, Westmoreland Republican Committee, 1891-1893.

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 39th district, Westmoreland County, 1893-1900; committee assignments, Appropriations, Congressional Apportionment, Mines and Mining, New Counties and County Seats (Chairman), Public Roads and Highways.

Appointed, Governor William A. Stone, first controller Westmoreland County, 1901, reelected for the full term.


Nominee, Westmoreland County, twenty-first congressional conference Congress, 1894, defeated by Daniel Brodhead Heiner on the 325th ballot.


Smull’s Legislative Handbook, Cochran, (1900) T.B., (Editor) Miller, H.P. (Assistant Editor) Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pages 1187, 1192-1194, Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 1158.  

The Pittsburgh Press (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) Wednesday, February 02, 1927, Obituary, page 6.