BROWN, WILLIAM, lawyer, Jacksonville, Ill., was born at Boonville, Mo., September 20, 1840, the son of Elisha Warfield Brown, born at Cynthiana, Ky., in 1817, and Mary (Brent) Brown, a native of Warrenton, Va., born in 1819. The occupation of the father was first that of a merchant, and later a banker at Jacksonville. William Brown was educated in the Kempers School, Boonville, Mo.; Illinois College, Jacksonville, and Missouri University at Columbia, Mo., and was admitted to the bar in Jacksonville, Ill., in May, 1861, and since that time has been continuously employed in the practice of his profession.
The public positions held by Mr. Brown include those of City Attorney of Jacksonville, 1862-64; State's Attorney for the First Judicial Circuit, 1864-72; State Senator (Twenty-eighth General Assembly), 1872-74; Chairman of the Democratic State Central Committee, from 1874 to 1876; Attorney for the Wabash Railroad Company, for that portion of the line within the State of Illinois, in 1881, and General Solicitor of the Chicago & Alton Railroad Company, from 1890 - 1905. He is a Democrat in his political views, and an attendant upon the services of the Episcopal Church in Jacksonville.
Mr. Brown has been twice married: first on September 20, 1865, to Clara B. Robb, daughter of David and Catherine B. Robb, of Jacksonville, Ill., but who died November 6, 1876; and second, on October 28, 1878, to Eliza T. Martin, daughter of Nicholas and Eudora Martin, of Easton, Md. Mrs. Eliza T. (Martin) Brown died May 1, 1905. Mr. Brown has had five children born to him, viz.: Kate M. Brown, who was married to E. F. Goltra, now of St. Louis, Mo.; Clara R., who married J. D. Dana, of Boston, Mass.; Lloyd W. Brown, William Brown, Jr., Alden Brown and Margaret M. Brown.
Since retiring from his connection with the Chicago & Alton Railroad, Mr. Brown has continued the practice of his profession at Jacksonville. For some years he has been one of the active and influential Trustees of Illinois College.