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Elbridge Gerry Brown

Elbridge Gerry Brown was born in Erie County, New York on May 14, 1840, the son of Betsy Moulton and Manly Brown, a farmer and carpenter. He attended Geneseo and Wyoming Semenary for a year and a half, until the start of the Civil War, then enlisted in the New York Volunteer Engineers. After the war he married Elizabeth Lombard in 1869, and worked for the Adams Express Company in Pittsburgh for six years, then moved to the Michigan Copper Country in 1874, where he was in charge of the yard of the Sturgeon River Lumber Company for six years. He then worked as a supply clerk for the Calumet and Hecla mine in Calumet, Michigan from 1880 to at least 1903. His first wife having died in 1889, he married Julia Watkins in 1893. He was elected to the Board of Education in 1897, and was a member of the Board of Control of the Michigan College of Mines. He built a small but fine collection of Copper Country specimens augmented by fine minerals from other turn-of-the-century localities. Following his death his collection was acquired by the Michigan College of Mines (later Michigan Technological Institute)

ANON. (1903) Biographical Record of Houghton, Baraga and Marquette Counties [Michigan]. Biographical Publishing Company, Chicago.
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