Archives of Maryland
(Biographical Series)

Joseph Brown
MSA SC 3520-13861

Biography:

According to secondary sources, Joseph Brown was mayor of Annapolis in 1858 and 1859.  There are 29 Joseph Brown's listed in the 1850 Maryland census, two of which lived in Anne Arundel County.  One was a 17-year-old farmer who lived in the Howard District, and the other was a 32-year old farmer who lived in the fourth district.  It seems unlikely that either of these two were Mayor Brown.  The 1860 census lists three Joseph Browns in Anne Arundel County:  a 43-year-old laborer, a 50-year-old white male with no occupation listed, and a third whose name does not appear on the census page indicated by the index (p. 1096).  The 1870 census shows several Joseph Brown's living in Anne Arundel County, none of whom are likely to be the mayor given their ages and occupations.

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