A Twentieth century history and biographical record of Crawford County, Kansas, by Home Authors; Illustrated. Published by Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago, IL : 1905. 656 p. ill. Transcribed by staff and students at Baxter Springs Middle School, Baxter Springs, Kansas.

1905 History of Crawford County Kansas


George W. Brown, who has long been numbered among the prominent citizens of Crawford county and especially in Cherokee, being one of the leading Democrats of this part of the state and a man of influence in every relation of his life, was born at Rushville, Schuyler county, Illinois, in 1841. His parents, John and Jane (Becket) Brown, were early settlers of Illinois.

He was reared and educated in Schuyler county, and lived there until he came to Crawford county in 1871, where he has passed the subsequent thirty-four years of his life. He was a leading business man of the town for twelve years. President Cleveland appointed him to the office of postmaster in 1885, and he gave his fellow citizens an excellent administration for four years. He was for some time the local representative of the McCormick harvesting machines. He spent one term in the state legislature, being elected in 1875, and in numerous other ways has performed a worthy part in public affairs. In 1896 he was manager of the Cherokee waterworks plant. He has been a member of the school board, and has always supported zealously the educational system of his state and county. A prominent Odd Fellow, he has served as a past grand master of the grand lodge. He is a member and an elder in the Christian church.

Mr. Brown was married in Cherokee, October 1, 1872, to Miss Anna Butler and they have four children, Dora E., Daisy D., Harry H. and Cecil. Dora and Harry are graduates of the Cherokee high school.