Ernest S. Brown

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Ernest S. Brown
United States Senator
from Nevada
In office
October 1, 1954 – December 1, 1954
Appointed byCharles H. Russell
Preceded byPat McCarran
Succeeded byAlan Bible
Member of the Nevada State Assembly
In office
Personal details
Born(1903-09-25)September 25, 1903
Alturas, California
DiedJuly 23, 1965(1965-07-23) (aged 61)
Reno, Nevada
Political partyRepublican

Ernest S. Brown (September 25, 1903 – July 23, 1965) served briefly as a United States Senator from Nevada in 1954.

Ernest Brown, born in Alturas, California, moved with his family to Reno, Nevada, in 1906, where he later attended the public schools. He graduated from the University of Nevada at Reno in 1926. Brown gained admission to the bar in 1927 and then commenced a legal practice in Reno. He served in the Nevada State Assembly in 1933. From 1935 to 1941, Brown worked as district attorney of Washoe County. He resigned from office in 1941 to enter active service in the United States Army as a second lieutenant. He gained a commission as a colonel, and the Army discharged him in 1945. Brown returned to his Reno home to resume the practice of law.

On October 1, 1954, Nevada Governor Charles H. Russell appointed Ernest Brown to the U.S. Senate as a Republican to fill the vacancy caused by the death of veteran Senator Pat McCarran. Democrat Alan Bible defeated him in a special election to keep his Senate seat in November 1954. Bible assumed the seat on December 1, 1954, and Brown once again resumed the practice of law.

Brown died in Reno in 1965, and was interred in the Masonic section of Mountain View Cemetery.

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  • United States Congress. "Ernest S. Brown (id: B000913)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved on 2008-04-07
U.S. Senate
Preceded by
Pat McCarran
U.S. Senator (Class 3) from Nevada
Served alongside: George W. Malone
Succeeded by
Alan Bible