Benjamin Brown (politician)

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Benjamin Brown
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 16th district
In office
March 4, 1815 – March 3, 1817
Preceded bySamuel Davis
Succeeded byBenjamin Orr
Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born(1756-09-23)September 23, 1756
Swansea, Massachusetts
DiedSeptember 17, 1831(1831-09-17) (aged 74)
Waldoboro, Maine
Resting placeWaldoboro Cemetery
Waldoboro, Maine
Political partyFederalist
Spouse(s)Susan Wells Brown
RelationsJohn Brown
ChildrenJames N. Brown
Hector M. Brown
Charles S. Brown
Military service
Branch/serviceUnited States Navy
Years of service1778
Battles/warsAmerican Revolutionary War

Benjamin Brown (September 23, 1756 – September 17, 1831) was a physician and an American politician who served in the United States Congress as a United States Representative from Massachusetts (Maine was a part of Massachusetts until 1820).[1]

Early life[edit]

Born in Swansea, Massachusetts, Brown studied medicine and began his medical practice in Waldoboro, Lincoln County, Maine.


Brown served as a surgeon aboard the American frigate "Boston" in 1778 when John Adams traveled on the "Boston" while American commissioner to France.[2] Along with Commander Tucker, he was captured in 1781 on the American warship Thorne; imprisoned on Prince Edward Island, and escaped in an open boat.

A member of the Massachusetts state house of representatives, Brown served as a state representative in 1809, 1811, 1812 and in 1819. He was elected as a Federalist to the Fourteenth Congress, and served as a United States Representative for the sixteenth district for the state of Massachusetts from March 4, 1815 to March 3, 1817.[3] After leaving office, he resumed the practice of medicine until his death.[4]

Family life[edit]

Brown married Susan Wells. His son John G. Brown married Bertha Smouse and also practiced medicine in Waldoboro and built the house on the corner of Church (now School) and Main street now known as Stahls Tavern.[5]


Brown died on September 17, 1831 (age 74 years 359 days) in Waldoboro, Maine. He is interred at Waldoboro Cemetery in Waldoboro.[6]


  1. ^ Wikisource-logo.svg Kelly, Howard A.; Burrage, Walter L., eds. (1920). "Brown, Benjamin" . American Medical Biographies . Baltimore: The Norman, Remington Company.
  2. ^ "BROWN, Benjamin, (1756 - 1831)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved September 29, 2012.
  3. ^ "Rep. Benjamin Brown". Retrieved September 29, 2012.
  4. ^ "Benjamin Brown". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 23 June 2014.
  5. ^ Miller, Samuel Llewellyn. History of the town of Waldoboro, Maine. Wiscasset, Me.: Emerson, printer, 1910. 249. Print.
  6. ^ Benjamin Brown at Find a Grave

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Samuel Davis
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 16th congressional district

1815 – 1817
Succeeded by
Benjamin Orr