Biography of John L. Brown
Allegheny County, PA Biographies

JOHN LINWOOD BROWN, superintendent of the bureau of water supply of Allegheny city, Pa., and son of William and Margarette Brown, was born in England in 1848, but came with his parents to America in his boyhood. The family settled in Philadelphia, where John graduated from the city high school, and afterwards entered the Baldwin locomotive works as an apprentice, taking in the various departments of machinist, pattern and boiler making and draughting, in the meantime taking two courses in mechanical engineering. After serving his apprenticeship, he entered the railway service as a locomotive engineer, but in a little while returned to the Baldwin works, and for some time was employed in delivering engines in different parts of the United States, Mexico, Cuba, Brazil, Peru, Chili, and other South American countries, Russia and Canada. Later he was employed in the same capacity by the Pittsburg locomotive works. He then again entered the railroad service as master mechanic and superintendent of the Southern Wisconsin railroad, and later with the I. B. & W. and the Mexican Central lines, finally becoming master mechanic of the Pittsburg & Western. On July 5, 1871, he was married to Miss Elizabeth G. Hunt, of Belle Center, Ohio. They have one daughter. Marguerite, who is now the wife of Louis B. Hawkins. Mr. Brown is prominent in Masonic circles, holding membership in all the different bodies of that order, from the Blue lodge to the Mystic Shrine. He is a past exalted ruler of Allegheny lodge. No. 339, B. P. O. Elks; past grand chancellor of the Knights of Pythias for the State of Indiana, and past grand officer for several other bodies. He is also a member of the American society of mechanical engineers and of the Franklin institute, and is an ex member of the National association of master mechanics. He resides in the third ward of Allegheny city, where he usually acts with the republican party in political contests.


From:
Memoirs of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania
personal and genealogical with portraits.
Publishers: Northwestern Historical Association
Madison, Wis. 1904.


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