Arthur Brown, U.S. Senator

Is your surname Brown?

Research the Brown family

Arthur Brown, U.S. Senator's Geni Profile

Share your family tree and photos with the people you know and love

  • Build your family tree online
  • Share photos and videos
  • Smart Matching™ technology
  • Free!


Arthur Brown

Birthplace: Kalamazoo, MI, USA
Death: Died in Washington, DC, USA
Cause of death: mortally wounded on 8 December 1906 by his longtime mistress, Anne Maddison Bradley
Immediate Family:

Son of Asa Briggs Brown and Lephia Olympia Brown
Partner of Anne Maddison Bradley
Brother of Olympia Brown

Managed by: Private User
Last Updated:
view all

Immediate Family

About Arthur Brown, U.S. Senator

Arthur Brown (March 8, 1843 – December 12, 1906) was a United States Senator from Utah.

Born in Kalamazoo, Michigan, he attended the common schools and graduated from Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio, in 1862. He pursued graduate work at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and graduated from the law department of the University of Michigan in 1864. He was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Kalamazoo.

In 1879, he moved to Salt Lake City, Utah Territory, and upon the admission of Utah as a State into the Union was elected as a Republican to the U.S. Senate and served from January 22, 1896, until March 4, 1897. He was not a candidate for renomination and resumed the practice of law in Salt Lake City. Brown was also the second cousin of President Calvin Coolidge.

On December 8, 1906, Brown was shot in Washington, D.C., by his longtime mistress, Anne Maddison Bradley, who claimed to be the mother of his children. The lovers were jailed more than once for adultery. Bradley found love letters to Brown from Asenath Ann "Annie" Adams Kiskadden (an actress who was the mother of actress Maude Adams), confronted him at The Raleigh Hotel on 12th Street near Pennsylvania Avenue, and assumed he was having a second affair. Brown died from his wounds four days later, aged 63, and was interred in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Salt Lake City.

At trial, it was revealed that Brown's will renounced Bradley and the two sons she claimed he sired, and a sympathetic jury acquitted her.

view all

Arthur Brown, U.S. Senator's Timeline

March 8, 1843
Kalamazoo, MI, USA
December 12, 1906
Age 63
Washington, DC, USA