Transcribed from History of Wyandotte County Kansas and its people ed. and comp. by Perl W. Morgan. Chicago, The Lewis publishing company, 1911. 2 v. front., illus., plates, ports., fold. map. 28 cm. [Vol. 2 contains biographical data. Paged continuously.] p. 808-809 transcribed by Tanya Lewis, student from USD 508, Baxter Springs Middle School, Baxter Springs, Kansas, on March 12, 2001.

Robert Lee Brown

ROBERT LEE BROWN. - A man of much prominence and influence, and one of the best known citizens of Wyandotte county, R. L. Brown, familiarly known as Lee Brown, is prosperously engaged in general farming on one of the most attractive and desirable homesteads in this section of the state. A son of the late Washington H. Brown, he was born October 11, 1865, in Platte county, Missouri, but was reared and educated in Kansas.

William H. Brown was born in Clay county, Missouri, and during his earlier life was a farmer in that state. He subsequently came with his family to Wyandotte county, Kansas, and here followed his peaceful and independent vocation until his death, in 1905, at the age of seventy-four years, his birth having occurred in 1831. He was a Democrat in politics, and a member of the Baptist church. He married, in Platte county, Missouri, in 1859, Susan Pierce, who was a native of that state having been born in Clay county, in 1830. They became the parents of four children, as follows: Jennie, widow of Otho Green; William J., deceased; R. L., the special subject of this sketch; and Martha, deceased.

Brought up on a Wyandotte county farm, R. L. Brown was educated in the district schools and at the Lawrence Business College. He subsequently began his business career in Piper, Kansas, and there served as postmaster during Cleveland's first administration. He is now the owner of a magnificent farming estate of three hundred and twenty-five acres of land near Piper, on which he is raising wheat, corn and cattle on an extensive scale, being one of the largest and most successful agriculturists of the county. In politics Mr. Brown is a Democrat on national issues, but locally voting according to the dictates of his conscience, regardless of party affiliations and prejudices. He is a member of the Baptist church, never having swerved from the religious faith in which he was reared.

Mr. Brown married, June 16, 1903, Miss Zena L. Dail, a native of Kansas, and their home has been brightened by the birth of three interesting children, namely: Susan E., Nannie A., and Washington H.

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