MILTON BROWN

Facts about another founding father of Jackson

MILTON BROWN
Born Feb. 28, 1804
Died May 14, 1883
SARAH F., Beloved Wife of Milton
BROWN
Born Dec. 22, 1817
Died May 10, 1876
After a happy union in this
life of 41 years and 110 days
we part on earth to meet above
and part no more

Milton Brown

(1804-1883). ( moved to Jackson Tn in 1832))

Milton Brown, chancellor, congressman, and railroad president, migrated to Nashville from his home in Ohio in 1823 and studied law in the office of Felix Grundy. Upon admission to the bar, he practiced law in Paris, Tennessee, and in 1832 relocated to Jackson, where he became active in the temperance and internal improvement movements and earned fame as an orator.

He married Sarah F. Jackson on January 21, 1835, and they had seven children, four boys and three girls.

In 1834 Brown was appointed to represent the legendary criminal John Murrell, known as “the Western Land Pirate” due to his wide-ranging criminal exploits. Although he was convicted, Murrell escaped the death penalty, and Brown won recognition as one of the best lawyers in the state

After leaving Congress in 1847, Brown was often promoted for high office, including the Tennessee Supreme Court and the U.S. Senate, but such efforts failed to interest him. Instead, he turned his attention to transportation and remained a tireless promoter and manager of railroads during his tenure as president of the Mississippi Central and Tennessee (1854-56) and the Mobile and Ohio (1856-71). He is credited with doing more to cover West Tennessee in rails than any other man.

The first railroad was completed in Madison County in 1858 as a result of the promotional efforts of Judge Milton Brown

Brown, among Tennessee’s most charitable Methodist lay leaders, was also instrumental in the founding of Union, Lambuth, and Vanderbilt Universities. He died one of the wealthiest men in Tennessee in 1883.

He served also as the president of the Mississippi Central & Tennessee Railroad Company (1854-56) and president of the Mobile & Ohio Railroad Company, (1856-71) Nov 1858 

Mobile & Ohio completed from Jackson, TN to Columbus, KY.

The 1948 Pullman railcar, named after a prominent Jackson Judge Milton Brown,  and railroad man, is at Casey Jones Village

The original plan was that  two-thirds of the car was to be  used by the radio stations and the other one-third would serve as part of the Casey Jones Museum, 

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