FREDERICK G. BROWN
Frederick G. Brown, president of the Anderson Phosphate and Oil Company; president of the Anderson Chamber of Commerce, and vice-president of the Peoples Bank of Anderson, was born at Anderson, South Carolina, October 28, 1860. His father, John Peter Brown, a lawyer and graduate of the University of Virginia, was second Lieutenant in Moore’s regiment in the Army of the Confederate States of America at the beginning of the Civil War. Because of poor health, which followed military service, he was forced to return home. He retired from his profession of law, and lived upon his plantation until his death in 1879. His father’s grandfather, Edward Vaniver, was a soldier of the Revolution, and shared in the battle of Eutaw Springs. His family was from Maryland, and originally from New York State. Through his mother, Mrs. Julia (Reed) Brown, a Christian woman of culture and education, whose influence over her son was strong, he is descended from Cornelius Hammond, who was a member of the Maryland houses of burgesses, from Anne Arundel county, in the seventeenth century. Colonel LeRoy Hammond, Colonel Samuel Hammond, and Captains Samuel, George and Joshua Hammond, were in the Continental Army and served in the Revolutionary War. His grandfather, the late Judge J. P. Reed, was a native of Anderson County, a lawyer of note in his state, who was elected to congress on the Democratic ticket immediately after the Civil War. But he was prevented from taking his seat in Washington by the rules which governed during the period of reconstruction. Samuel Brown, another ancestor, was a large planter and merchant at Townville, South Carolina.
Frederick Brown was trained to assist all kinds of work by his father, who was a planter. His early years were passed in the country, in Fork township, Anderson County. He attended the country schools near his home, and even in his early boyhood he was exceptionally fond of books. But it was not until he was eighteen that he had any advanced schooling, and then he remained but one year, as a member of W. J. Ligon’s high school at Anderson. After which, he was called home by the death of his father, in 1879. He spent years on his father’s plantation, before taking a position as a salesman with Bleckley, Brown & Fretwell, at Anderson, South Carolina, on Septenber 1, 1885.
From the frist he determined to make whatever he undertook to success, regardless of the hard work or the time which it might require. He always felt that the habit of regular daily employment which was formed on his father’s plantation in his early years was an advantage to him. His father was fond of saying, “regular work keeps a boy, as well as an older person, out of mischief.”
As a resident of Anderson, he was engaged in active business life, until 1885. During the twenty years or more he had a interest in many of the more important business enterprises of his town. He was president of the Anderson Phosphate and Oil company; president of the Anderson Chamber of Commerce; president of the Anderson Real Estate and Investment company; president of the Anderson Improvement Company; vice-president of the Peoples Bank of Anderson; vice-president of the Anderson Traction Company; and he was a director in the following corporations: The Farmers’ Warehouse Company, The Bank of McCormick, The Brogon Cotton Mills, The Toxaway Cotton Mills, The Riverside Cotton Mills, The Orr Cotton Mills, The Cox Manufacturing Company, and The Ninety-Six Cotton Mills. He also was a director of the county fair association.
Identified by convivtion and choice with the Episcopal Church, he was a vestryman and Treasurer of Grace Protestant Episcopal Church.
He served four years as alderman of his city, representing the first ward. He was a member of the Masonic Order, and was advanced from the Blue Lodge to the degree of Shriner. He was also a member of the Commercial Club of Anderson, of the Commercial Club of Charleston, and of the Coulmbia Club. He was one of the vice-presidents of the South Carolina Club.
He was married to Miss Mamie McCrary. They married on November 16, 1887.
To the young men and boys of South Carolina, he offered this piece of practical advise, which his own experience lead him to emphasize: “Do NOT change your position too frequently. I worked in one corner store from 1885, when I began at twenty-five dollars a month, until 1900, when I had become the senior member of the firm, at which time I sold out my interest in that business and began manufacturing.”
Source:Men Of Mark in South Carolina, Volume I
Author:James Calvin Hemphill
Publisher:MEN OF MARK PUBLISHING COMPANY, Of Washington, D.C.