Brown, William

b. c. 1809, in Kentucky; d. 1871, in Jacksonville, Illinois. Around 1835, Brown moved to Jacksonville, Illinois, where he became a member of the Jacksonville bar. Brown was judge of the First Judicial Circuit from March 20, 1837, to July 20, 1837. On March 29, 1839, he entered into a law partnership with Richard Yates, who later became the governor of Illinois during the Civil War. Upon Edward D. Baker’s resignation as congressman, Brown became a candidate for the United States House of Representatives, but withdrew his name after John Henry, a fellow Whig, announced his candidacy for the same position.
William Brown, vertical file, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, Springfield, IL; John Palmer, ed., The Bench and Bar of Illinois: Historical and Reminiscent (Chicago: Lewis Publishing Co., 1899), 1:338; United States Census Office, Seventh Census of the United States, 1850, Morgan County, Illinois.