Brown, Andrew Chandler
Age: 34, credited to Montpelier, VTVITALS
Birth: 07/10/1828, Sutton, VTADDITIONAL INFORMATION
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Green Mount Cemetery, Montpelier, VT
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Brown, Andrew C., late of Montpelier. Born Sutton, July 10, 1828; died October 29, 1911; son of Rev. Elisha and Phoebe (Fletcher) Brown. Educated at the public schools, and Methodist Seminary Newbury. In 1851 married Lucia Almira Green of Waitsfield; they had five children, those living being Ella (Brown) Bailey, Rome G. of Minneapolis, Minn., and Joseph G. of Montpelier. Learned the printer's trade while at school and during vacations; at age of 18 began teaching, and taught common and select schools 16 terms; at 23 engaged in printing business in Bradford, later becoming editor and publisher Northern Enquirer; in 1854 came to Montpelier as foreman of Watchman and Journal; business manager and editor of same 1857-62; in 1865 began insurance business in Montpelier; and in 1880 opened first telephone exchange, later selling to Bell Telephone Co. In the fall of 1862 recruited Co. I, 13th Regiment Vermont Volunteers, becoming its captain; on the organization of regiment elected lieutenant-colonel, resigning after eight months service to accept the office of commissioner of the board of enrollment, 1st Congressional District Vermont. In politics Col. Brown was originally an Old Line Whig, later a Republican; was official press reporter House of Representatives 15 consecutive years. Rear in the Methodist Church, he later attended the Unitarian Church. Past commander Brooks Post No. 13, GAR
Source: Prentiss C. Dodge, editor, Encyclopedia Vermont Biography, Burlington, Vt.: Ullery Publishing Co., 1912, p. 127
DEATH OF COL. A.C. BROWN
Well-Known Figure in Vermont Political and Business Life
Colonel Andrew C. Brown, well known not only in his home city, Montpelier but all over the state, died yesterday at the capital of hardening of the arteries incident to old age. For a year he had been confined to the bed and had been failing all the time, remaining unconscious from last Wednesday until his death.
Andrew Chandler Brown was born in Sutton, July 10, 1828, the son of Elisha Brown and was a direct descendant in the eighth generation of Chard Brown, the first immigrant ancestor, the line of descent being Chard, John, James, Andrew, Elisha, Andrew, Elisha, and Andrew. He graduated from Newbury Seminary in 1847 and previously taught a few terms of school. He also learned the printer's trade to aid in defraying his educational expenses. From 1849 to 1851 Mr. Brown taught school in Waitsfield and among his pupils were men later distinguished in public life.
In 1851 he went to Oxford, N.H., from there to Bradford, where from 1852 until 1854 he published and edited the Northern Enquirer, devoted to the interests of the Whig party. Mr. Brown was prominent in securing the first election of Hon. Justin S. Morrill to the national House of Representatives from Vermont.
He came to Montpelier in October of 1845 and was foreman and business manager of the Vermont Watchman. Three years later he became editor of the paper and remained in that position until 1862 when he assisted in the organization of the 13th Vermont volunteer infantry, nine months' men. He was elected captain of the Montpelier company and was promoted at the organization of the regiment to lieutenant colonel.
He served until May 1863, when he resigned to accept an appointment as commissioner on the board of enrollment for the first congressional district of Vermont with headquarters at Rutland. He was honorably discharged in 1865, was a member of Brooks post, G.A.R., of Montpelier, the Vermont Loyal Legion and a former commander of the Vermont department, G.A.R., a position in which he was popular and universally loved by military men and his comrades. He was the last surviving field officer of the 13th regiment.
Mr. Brown established the first distinctive insurance agency in the city and successfully conducted it until 1889 when he placed the active management in the hands of his youngest son, Joseph G. Brown. He was an official reporter of the House of Representatives from 1865 to 1880, and a lessee of the American Bell Telephone company for the territory of central Vermont from 1880 to 1887, when he sold his interests to the Bell company.
He built up an extensive telephone plant during that period covering Washington and Lamoille counties with branches in Caledonia, Orange, Chittenden, Franklin and Orleans counties. Since 1897 he had retired from active business interests although at his office daily until a little over a year ago.
Colonel Brown was married May 1, 1851, to Lucia Almira Green of Fayston and to them were born six children, of whom four are living; Mrs. Charles Bailey, Mrs. R.F. Bliss, Rome G., an attorney in Minneapolis, and Joseph G. Brown, postmaster at Montpelier.
Barre Daily Times, Oct 30, 1911
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.
Col. Andrew C. Brown, 83, the last surviving line officer of the 13th Vermont regiment, died in Montpelier Sunday night. He was a native of Sutton, a printer by trade and more than half a century ago published the Northern Inquirer in Bradford. He gave up work as editor of the Montpelier Watchman to assist in organizing the 13th Vermont Volunteers for service in the Civil war. He wa elected captain of the Montpelier company and later promoted at the organization of the regiment to the rank of lieutenant colonel. After the war he was engaged in the insurance business in Montpelier many years.
Brattleboro Reformer, Nov. 3, 1911
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.