Member Biography

Robert Samuel Brown 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1790-1791         Democratic-Republican
1791-1792         Democratic-Republican
1792-1793         Democratic-Republican
1793-1794         Democratic-Republican
1794-1795         Democratic-Republican
1795-1796         Democratic-Republican
1796-1797         Democratic-Republican
1797-1798         Democratic-Republican

COUNTIES: Northampton  


12/25/1744 - 02/26/1823

First Lieutenant Robert Samuel Brown (Democratic-Republican) Northampton County 1790-1798 

Early Life: 

First Lieutenant Robert Samuel Brown, born December 25, 1744, Weaversville, East Allen Township, Northampton County, Province of Pennsylvania, British Colonial America; 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, Democratic-Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, original member,  1790-1798; elected, Republican, United States Congress, 1798-1815; retired from public life, 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, commissioned, first lieutenant, Continental Army, Pennsylvania ``Flying Camp'', September 10, 1776; captured at the surrender of Fort Washington, island of Manhattan, November 16, 1776; engaged, blacksmith trade while a prisoner aboard the prison ship Judith, paroled on board ship, December 10, 1777. 

Pennsylvania Politics:

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

Elected, Democratic-Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, Northampton County, original member, 1790-1798.

Continued Government Service/National Politics:

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


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The Political Graveyard: Index to Politicians: Brown, O to R

Robert Samuel Brown (1744-1823) - Find a Grave Memorial


Congressional Biography

After 8 session(s) serving in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, Robert Samuel Brown  went on to serve in congress