Biography of Michael J. Brown
Allegheny County, PA Biographies

MICHAEL J. BROWN, the proprietor of the Hotel Brown, at No. 615 Preble Ave., Allegheny city, Pa., was born in Westmoreland county. Pa., in 1854. His parents, John and Josephine Brown, are both deceased. When Michael was a small boy the family removed to Allegheny city, where he has resided ever since. He received his education in the public schools of the ninth ward, after which he began his business life as an employe of the Oliver & Lewis manufacturing company, in their hinge factory. From that time until about fourteen years ago he worked in the various mills of the county. He then assumed the management of the Hotel Brown, which he conducted for his mother until 1891, when he took full control, and has continued in that business until the present time. Under his management the Hotel Brown has become one of the popular hostelries of the city, as he has a kind word for every one and is attentive to the wants of his guests. He was married, in 1901, to Mary (Woods) Murphy, of Allegheny city, who is as popular with the patrons of the hotel as her genial husband. Mr. Brown is one of the best known democrats of the ninth ward, and has been twice elected to represent the ward in the select council, the first time in 1897, and the second in 1901. As a member of the select council, he was honored by a place on some of the most important committees, being one of the committee on public works, the committee on public safety and the committee on public corporations. His record as a councilman is characteristic of the man. It is an open book, in which one may read of his sterling integrity, his ready grasp of public questions, and his devotion to public duty.

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

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