FRANCIS, John Brown (1791-1864)

FRANCIS, JOHN BROWN, (grandson of John Brown of Rhode Island), a Senator from Rhode Island; born in Philadelphia, Pa., May 31, 1791; attended the common schools of Providence, R.I., and graduated from Brown University, Providence, R.I., in 1808; engaged in mercantile pursuits; attended the Litchfield (Conn.) Law School; admitted to the bar but never practiced; member, State house of representatives 1821-1829; member of the board of trustees of Brown University 1828-1857; member, State senate 1831, 1842; Governor of Rhode Island 1833-1838; chancellor of Brown University 1841-1854; elected as a Law and Order candidate to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of William Sprague and served from January 25, 1844, to March 3, 1845; was not a candidate for reelection; chairman, Committee on Engrossed Bills (Twenty-eighth Congress); member, State senate 1845-1856; retired from public life and engaged in agricultural pursuits until his death at "Spring Green," Warwick, R.I., August 9, 1864; interment in North Burial Ground, Providence, R.I.

Brown University
Providence, RI
Papers: 1 journal (1825); 10 to 25 items in various collections; and a portrait.

Rhode Island Historical Society
Providence, RI
Papers: 1801-1865. 10 feet. Also photographs of portraits; and correspondence in Alva Woods papers, 1816-1900. Finding aid.

Syracuse University
George Arents Research Library
Syracuse, NY
Papers: In William L. Marcy correspondence, 1821-1857.