Owen Brown (1824 - 1889) MP

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Birthplace: Hudson, Ohio
Death: Died in Pasadena, California
Cause of death: Pneumonia
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Owen Brown (November 4, 1824, Hudson, Ohio – January 8, 1889, Pasadena, California) was the third son of abolitionist John Brown. Owen fought with his father in Kansas and took an active part in the Pottawatomie Massacre in which five pro-slavery settlers were hacked to death in 1856.


Owen participated in John Brown's raid on Harpers Ferry in 1859, escaping capture and then later serving as an officer in the Union Army in the American Civil War.

He narrates Russell Banks' novel about John Brown, Cloudsplitter.

Owen died of pneumonia January 8, 1889 in Pasadena, California at the age of 64. Reportedly 2,000 mourners, equaling the entire population of Pasadena, marched in the funeral procession up to Little Roundtop Hill 34°13′3″N 118°9′37″W (34.217525, -118.160381). Ten years later, a marker was placed at the grave site. It read: "Owen Brown, Son of John Brown, the Liberator, died Jan. 9, 1889." Two iron ornaments, a heavy hook on the left, and a 6" diameter ring on the right, were attached to eyelets in the marker and could be moved - symbolizing freedom from the shackles of slavery and rapture from mortal bounds. The marker mysteriously disappeared from the grave site in 2002, along with the concrete base and surrounding rail fencing, after the property on which it was located was sold. No legal action was taken. Photos of the now-missing monument are available on the web. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=4350

Statement of Owen Brown as an Abolitionist


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Owen Brown's Timeline

November 4, 1824
Hudson, Ohio
January 9, 1889
Age 64
Pasadena, California
Altadena, Los Angeles, California, USA