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Nicholas Brown II, was born in Providence, 4 April 1769. He married first Ann Carter, second mary Stelle. He was long distinguished for his virtues and his public and private charities. He erected Hope College, in honor of his sister, Mrs. Hope Brown Ives. He died Sept 17, 1841.

Children: 1. Neicholas III b. 1792 married Caroline Matilda Clements and had children. He entered college at the age of 15, was appointed Consul at Rome by President Polk in 1846 and was elected Lt. Gov in 1856. He died in 1859.

2. John Carter Brown

3. Anne m J. B. Francis


Nicholas Brown, Jr. (1769–1841), was a Providence, Rhode Island businessman and philanthropist who was the namesake of Brown University.


Nicholas Brown, Jr. was the son of Nicholas Brown, Sr., a merchant and co-founder of Brown University (which was then called College of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations). He was the nephew of John Brown and Moses Brown and a descendant of the renowned English pilgrim and Baptist minister Chad Brown. Both Nicholas Brown, Jr. and his father were members of and large donors to the First Baptist Church in America.

Nicholas Brown, Jr. graduated from the College of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations in 1786. Brown created the company of Brown & Ives and served in the state legislature as a Federalist. After inheriting his father's estate in 1791, Brown became such a great benefactor to the school that it was renamed Brown University for him in 1804 when he donated $5,000 to the college. His total gifts to the college totaled over $150,000. Brown also co-founded the Providence Athenaeum and was active in various Baptist and literary causes. When Brown died in 1841 he left a $30,000 bequest to form a mental hospital, which eventually became known as Butler Hospital.

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Nicholas Brown, II's Timeline

April 4, 1769
October 2, 1792
Age 23
September 2, 1793
Age 24
October 11, 1794
Age 25
August 28, 1797
Age 28
Providence, Providence, Rhode Island, United States
September 27, 1841
Age 72