Member Biography

Robert Samuel Brown 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1791-1792         Jeffersonian Republican
1793-1794         Jeffersonian Republican
1795-1796         Jeffersonian Republican
1797-1798         Jeffersonian Republican

COUNTIES: Northampton  


12/25/1744 - 02/26/1823

First Lieutenant Robert Samuel Brown, Constitutionalist Northampton County 1783-1787

Early Life: 

First Lieutenant Robert Samuel Brown, born December 25, 1744, Weaversville, East Allen Township, Northampton County, Pennsylvania; first lieutenant, Revolutionary War, 1776-1777; common school education; apprenticed, blacksmith trade; married, Catherine Snyder, 1789, son, William Brown; elected, Constitutionalist, Pennsylvania General Assembly, 1783-1787; elected, Republican, United States Congress, 1798-1815; retired from public life and lived on his farm; died, February 26, 1823, Weaversville, Northampton County, Pennsylvania; interment, East Allen Presbyterian Churchyard, now known as Horner's Cemetery, Northampton, Northampton County, Pennsylvania.

Early Career:

Revolutionary War, Continental Army, commissioned, first lieutenant, Pennsylvania ``Flying Camp'', September 10, 1776; captured at the surrender of Fort Washington, November 16, 1776; worked at the blacksmith trade while a prisoner; aboard the prison ship Judith, subsequently imprisoned, old city hall, New York City; paroled on board ship December 10, 1777.  

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Constitutionalist Northampton County, Pennsylvania General Assembly, 1783-1787.

Continued Government Service/National Politics:

Elected, Republican, United States Representative from Pennsylvania, Fifth Congress, vacancy, resignation, Samuel Sitgreaves; reelected, Sixth and to the seven succeeding Congresses and served from December 4, 1798, to March 3, 1815; (4th District 1798-1803, 2nd District 1803-13, 6th District 1813-15); was not a candidate for renomination in 1814; retired from public life and lived on his farm.



Congressional Biography

After 4 session(s) serving in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, Robert Samuel Brown  went on to serve in congress