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Sacramento County



A career of more than ordinary usefulness marked the busy life of John Quincy Brown, Sr., who served the city of Sacramento as mayor from 1881 to 1887, and had also filled the position of county recorder, public administrator, levee commissioner and other official positions which demanded the time and attention of a conscientious, painstaking citizen such as he. His birth occurred in Breckenridge, Ky., in 1829 and in 1850 he made his way to California, dying in the year 1892, at which time he was serving as member of the board of trustees of the Napa State Hospital. His father, William B. C. Brown, grandfather of our subject, was a large planter in the Blue Grass State, extensively interested in tobacco growing. When John Quincy Brown, Sr., first came to this state from Kentucky, crossing the plains, he remained at Placerville for a time, but seeking a broader field for his activities he found it in Sacramento. His first employment here was in the wholesale store of Senator Stanford's brother. Shortly after coming here he married Miss Anna Mary Williams, the daughter of Joel P. Williams, a prominent mining man of that period. They had two children, John Quincy and a girl who died at the age of six years.

John Q. Brown was born in Sacramento. Much of his boyhood was taken up studying in the city schools, and he also attended the St. Augustine Episcopal Military Academy at Benicia and the Golden Gate Academy at Oakland. After graduating from the University of California with the degree of Ph. B., he joined his father who was then general manager of the Capital Gas Company, and acted as assistant manager. During the years he was with the company he served in different positions. From 189:2 to 1897 he was assistant clerk of the Board of Supervisors in San Francisco. He graduated from the Hastings College of the Law in 1901, with the LL. B. degree, and went to Kansas City, where he remained five years. November 28, 1888, he married Miss Jessie Brown, daughter of Dr. J. T. Brown of that city. Their two children are Harry Edgar, born December 24, 1889, a graduate of Stanford University, and John Quincy Brown, Jr., born March 17, 1897, and not attending Hastings College of the Law. In 1896 Mr. Brown returned with his family to Sacramento. He joined Eugene Wachhorst, the present district attorney of Sacramento county, and at this date is deputy district attorney.

Both Mr. and Mrs. Brown are popular club people in their home city. He is a member and is president of the University Club, and is also a member of the Sutter Club. Mrs. Brown holds memberships in the Tuesday and Saturday Clubs.

History of Sacramento County, California
Biographical Sketches of The Leading Men and Women of the County Who Have Been Identified With Its Growth and Development from the Early Days to the Present
History By: William L. Willis
Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, California (1913)

Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011