Sacramento County










††† JOHN QUINCY BROWN.--Among the leading members of the legal profession in Sacramento is inscribed the name of John Quincy Brown, attorney-at-law, and commissioner of public works of Sacramento.He was born in Sacramento, his parents being John Quincy and Anna Mary (Williams) Brown.The father, John Quincy Brown served the city of Sacramento as mayor from 1881 to 1887, and also filled the position of county recorder, public administrator, levee commissioner and other official positions which demanded the time and attention a conscientious citizen such as he.He was born in Kentucky in the year 1829, and in 1850 crossed the plains to California.At the age of twenty-four he was elected to fill the position of public administrator, and when twenty-six was elected county recorder of Sacramento County.For sixteen years, or four terms, he served as a member of the board of trustees of the Napa State Asylum for the Insane, a position he was filling at the time of his death on December 20, 1892.His father William B.C. Brown, grandfather of our subject, was a large planter in the Blue Grass State, extensively interested in tobacco growing.A son, William B. Brown, a younger brother of John Quincy Brown, also came to California in 1860, and became very prominent in the state.He served as state comptroller [sic] during the Irwin administration and he was three times Presidential elector on the Democratic ticket.Our subjectís mother was a daughter of Joel Price and Margaret Williams of Missouri.Joel Price Williams came to California in the pioneer gold days and was a prominent mining man in the early history of the state.He came of a very prominent family in Missouri, members of the family having served in the Indian wars, and also in the Mexican War.There were two children in the family of John Quincy and Anna M. (Williams) Brown:John Quincy Brown of this sketch, and a girl who died at the age of six years.The mother passed away on November 2, 1915.The father was the first general manager for the California State Board of Trade and was one of the original twenty-four trustees of Leland Stanford University.His death in 1892 removed one of Californiaís most worthy and influential citizens.

†††† Much of the boyhood of our subject was taken up studying in the city schools of Sacramento, and he also attended the St. Augustine Episcopal Military Academy at Benicia and the Golden State Academy at Oakland.After graduating from the University of California with the degree of PH. B., he joined his father, who was then general manager of the Capital Gas Company, and acted as assistant manager.During the years he was with the company he served in different positions. From 1892 to 1897 he was assistant clerk of the board of supervisors in San Francisco.He was graduated from the Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco, in 1901, with the L.L. B. degree, and then went to Kansas City, and there remained until 1908, when he returned to Sacramento.

†††† From 1909 to 1914, Mr. Brown served as deputy district attorney of Sacramento County.In 1917 he was appointed a member of the civil service commission of Sacramento and was elected president of the commission, serving as such until July, 1919.That year, he was elected commissioner of public works and on July 1, 1919, was elected president of the city commission and in this capacity acted as mayor of Sacramento.

†††† On November 28, 1888, Mr. Brown was united in marriage with Miss Jessie Brown, a daughter of Dr. J. T. Brown, of Independence, Jackson County, Mo.Two sons have blessed the home of Mr. and Mrs. Brown.Harry Edgar is a graduate of Stanford University, and by profession is an attorney-at-law.He is now in the general-managerís orders department of the Southern Pacific Railroad.During the World War he enlisted in the Grizzlies; later he was transferred to the Bureau of Information, was sent over-seas, and served in France and in the Army of Occupation in Germany for two years.The younger son, John Quincy, Jr., graduated from the University of California in 1918, with the degree of A.B., and later from the law department of this university with the degree of J.D.He is now associated with J.W.S. Butler, and is United States commissioner for the northern district of California, He married Miss Harriett Moreland, the daughter of Bishop Moreland of the northern diocese of California. He was a aviator during the late war, in the hydroplane service, with the rank of ensign.

†††† Mr. Brown is a Republican in politics; and fraternally he is a member of the Sutter Club and the Del Paso Country Club; while Mrs. Brown is a prominent member o the Independence Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution.Her sister, Mrs. W.L. Webb, has been state historian of the daughters of the American Revolution for the past four years. Mr. Brown was one of the organizers of the University Club of Sacramento, and served on the board of governors and as president and treasurer of the club during the time of its existence.The University Club occupied a prominent position in the social life of Sacramento.It was one of the greatest sufferers of any like institution on account of the exigencies of the World War, for nearly all other members either enlisted or were drafted, excepting only about forty-two members. When the club was disbanded, its furniture was presented to the Sacramento Post of the American Legion for use in their new club rooms.




Transcribed by Louise E. Shoemaker, October 08, 2007.

Source: Reed, G. Walter, History of Sacramento County, California With Biographical Sketches, Pages 408-411.Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, CA. 1923.

© 2007 Louise E. Shoemaker.




Sacramento County Biographies