Member Biography

Robert Audley Browne 


Biographical Profile: Pastor Audley Browne, Chaplain of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 100th Regiment

Sessions Office Position District Party
1865       27 Republican
1867       27 Republican


12/03/1821 - 05/05/1919

Reverend Robert Audley Browne (R27) Armstrong, Butler and Lawrence Counties 1866-1868 

Early Life: 

Reverend Robert Audley Browne born December 3, 1821, Steubenville, Jefferson County, Ohio; son of David L. and Sarah Miller Browne; Western Reserve University of Pennsylvania, Doctor of Divinity, 1840; Theological Seminary, Allegheny Doctor of Divinity; married, Mary Eichbaum, 1848, five children; Chaplin, Civil War 1861-1865; elected, Republican Pennsylvania State Senate 1866-1868; President of Westminster College, 1869-1872; Pastor, First United Presbyterian Church of New Castle, 1873-1902; died May 5, 1902, New Castle, Lawrence County, Pennsylvania, interment, Oak Park Cemetery, New Castle, Lawrence County, Pennsylvania. 

Early Career:

Enlisted, Chaplain Field and Staff, 100th Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, August 31, 1861, South Carolina Campaign; At 2nd Manassas, Chaplain Browne elected to remain with wounded troops rather than leave the field; a decision which cost him his capture by the enemy. Quickly paroled, action at Antietam, Fredericksburg, Mississippi Valley Campaign (Vicksburg), East Tennessee Campaign, Petersburg Campaign, mustering out, July 24, 1865. 

President of Westminster College, 1867-1870. 

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Republican Pennsylvania State Senate 27th district, Armstrong, Butler and Lawrence Counties, 1866-1868; committee assignments, Education, Federal Relations, Retrenchment and Reform (Chairman), Vice and Immorality (Chairman).


Pastor, and associated with the First United Presbyterian Church of New Castle, 1873-1902. 


Cox, Harold. "Senate Members B"Wilkes University Election Statistics ProjectWilkes University.

Smull’s Legislative Handbook, (1868). Smull, J.A., (Editor) Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pages 276, 280-282.

Rev Robert Audley Browne (1821-1902) - Find a Grave Memorial