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George T. Brown, (1820 – 1880)

Brown’s family had moved from Scotland (where he was born) to Alton Illinois in the early 1830’s. As with other aspiring young men of the day, Brown wished to study law. He chose as his teacher the prominent Illinois attorney Lyman Trumbull. For whatever reason the study of law fell away to politics as Brown’s main interest – and in 1846 Brown became the mayor of Alton, Illinois. By 1852 he narrowly missed becoming the Democratic Party’s nominee as Lieutenant Governor of Illinois. Part of Brown’s political success may have been his success in establishing the Alton Daily Morning Courier, which gained a reputation as a mighty newspaper.

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