About Daniel Russell Brown, Governor
Daniel Russell Brown (March 28, 1848 – February 28, 1919) was an American politician and the 43rd Governor of Rhode Island.
D. Russell Brown was born in Bolton, Tolland County, Connecticut, United States, on March 28, 1848. He was son of Arba Harrison Brown and Harriet M. (Dart) Brown. He went to public schools and worked his way up to head salesman at a hardware store in Hartford, then moved to Providence, Rhode Island, where he became partner in a mill supply store. He married Isabel Barrows October 14, 1874, they had three children.
Brown was a Presidential Elector for Rhode Island in 1888. He was a member of the Providence city council for four years before he ran for governor. He won the first election by popular vote, was then reelected by the General Assembly the next year, when no candidate reached the required majority, and won the popular vote again in his third gubernatorial election. He held the governor's office from May 31, 1892 to May 29, 1895. In his last term, he played a key role in the adoption of a constitutional amendment that permitted election by a plurality rather than a majority vote. He was suggested as vice presidential candidate at the Republican National Convention of 1896, having the support of New England, but was not selected.
He was an active member of the Freemasons.
He died on February 28, 1919, and was buried at Swan Point Cemetery in Providence.