BROWN, Benjamin, (1756 - 1831)


BROWN, Benjamin, (nephew of John Brown), a Representative from Massachusetts; born in Swansea, Mass., September 23, 1756; pursued academic studies; studied medicine and commenced practice in Waldoboro, Maine (until 1820 a district of Massachusetts); surgeon in 1778 on the American frigate Boston, commanded by Commodore Tucker, which conveyed John Adams as American commissioner to France; with Commander Tucker, was captured in 1781 on the American warship Thorne at the mouth of the St. Lawrence River and imprisoned on Prince Edward Island; escaped in an open boat and reached Boston, Mass.; member of the Massachusetts house of representatives in 1809, 1811, 1812, and again in 1819; elected as a Federalist to the Fourteenth Congress (March 4, 1815-March 3, 1817); resumed the practice of medicine; died in Waldoboro, Lincoln County, Maine, September 17, 1831; interment in Waldoboro Cemetery.