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BROWN, Aaron Venable (1795-1859)

BROWN, AARON VENABLE, a Representative from Tennessee; born in Brunswick County, Va., August 15, 1795; attended Westrayville Academy, North Carolina, and was graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1814; moved to Nashville, Tenn., in 1815; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1817 and commenced practice in Nashville; moved to Giles County in 1818 and continued the practice of law; became the partner of James K. Polk; served in the State senate 1821-1825; member of the State house of representatives 1831-1833; elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-sixth, Twenty-seventh, and Twenty-eighth Congresses (March 4, 1839-March 3, 1845); chairman, Committee on Territories (Twenty-eighth Congress); was not a candidate for reelection in 1844; Governor of Tennessee 1845-1847; unsuccessful candidate for reelection; delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1852; appointed Postmaster General in the Cabinet of President Buchanan on March 6, 1857, and served until his death in Washington, D.C., on March 8, 1859; interment in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Nashville, Tenn.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Papers: In the Miscellaneous Manuscripts Collection, 1857, 1 item.
A letter from Toppan, Carpenter & Company to Aaron V. Brown, U.S. Postmaster General, written on April 8, 1857. The letter includes includes a contract for printing U.S. postage stamps.

Papers: In the James K. Polk Papers, ca. 1775-1891, 39 linear feet.
Correspondents include Aaron V. Brown. A finding aid is available in the repository and online.


Yale University
Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
New Haven, CT
Papers: 1844, 1 page.
A letter from Aaron V. Brown to Maj. William B. Lewis written on January 15, 1844. In the letter, Aaron Brown request a letter by Gen. Jackson on the annexation of Texas.

  • Brown, Aaron Venable. Address delivered before the two literary societies of the University of North Carolina. Raleigh, N.C.: William C. Doub, 1854.
  • ------. Address of Ex-Gov. Aaron V. Brown. Nashville: Printed by G. C. Torbett and Company, 1856.
  • ------. An address on the parties and issues of the presidential election / by ex-gov. Aaron V. Brown ; delivered at Philadelphia, before the Key-Stone Club of that city, August 15, 1856. Nashville: Printed by G.C. Torbett & Co., 1856.
  • ------. Address to the law class of the Cumberland University, at Lebanon, Tennessee, February 15th, 1853. Nashville: J. F. Morgan, printer, [1853].
  • ------. Agricultural address of ex-Gov. Aaron V. Brown, at the annual agricultural fair. Held at Jackson, West Tennessee, October 23, 1855. Nashville: J.F. Morgan, 1855.
  • ------. Letter of Aaron V. Brown to his Constituents of the 10th Congressional District of the State of Tennessee. [Washington: N.p., 1842].
  • ------. Letter to the bishops, elders, and other ministers, itinerant and local, of the M.E. Church, South. Nashville, [Tenn.]: G.C. Torbett and Company, 1855.
  • ------. Remarks of Mr. Aaron V. Brown, of Tennessee: Delivered in the House of Representatives, June 18, 1842. N.p., 1842?
  • ------. Resolutions, and accompanying argument, offered by Mr. Brown, of the Senate, in favor of amending the United States' Constitution, arraigning the conduct of the president and secretary of state, condemning the measures of the present administration, and recommending for the presidency General Andrew Jackson, with a portion of the discussion thereon: Together with the resolution offered by Mr. Rogers, of the House of Representatives, in favor of an impeachment of the president, with a portion of the debate thereon. Nashville: N.p., 1827.
  • ------. Speech of ex-Gov. Aaron V. Brown, against the organization of the Know-Nothings, at Columbia, August 23, 1855. Nashville: G.C. Torbett and Co., 1855.
  • ------. Speech of Mr. A.V. Brown, of Tennessee: Delivered in the House of Representatives, in Committee of the Whole, January 8, 1844. [N.p., 1844].
  • ------. Speech ... on know nothingism. Nashville, [Tenn.]: 1855.
  • ------. Speeches, congressional and political, and other writings, of ex-Governor Aaron V. Brown, of Tennessee. Collected and arranged by the editors of the Union and American. Nashville, Tenn.: J. L. Marling and Company, 1854.
  • ------. Texas and Oregon. Letter and speeches of the Hon. A. V. Brown, of Tennessee, in reply to the Hon. John Quincy Adams, on the annexation of Texas, and on the bill for the organization of a territorial government over Oregon. Washington: Printed by Blair & Rives, 1845.