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John Wesley Brown


Centurion, 1890–1900

Born 7 July 1837 in Baltimore, Maryland

Died 10 November 1900 in New York (Manhattan), New York

Buried Woodlawn Cemetery and Conservancy, Bronx, New York

Proposed by Fessenden Nott Otis, Henry Codman Potter, and John W. Harper

Elected 5 April 1890 at age fifty-two

Century Memorial

The Rev. John Wesley Brown was the Rector of one of the most important Protestant Episcopal churches in the city, prominent for its age, the position it has always maintained, and the high character of its members. He was educated at first as an engineer, but after a full course of theology, gained distinction in a church into which he came from another denomination, the Methodist Episcopal Church, and after a pastorate in various churches in Baltimore, Delaware, Philadelphia, Detroit, Cleveland and Buffalo, he became, in 1888, the successor of the Rev. Dr. William F. Morgan at St. Thomas Church in New York. He was active and useful in the many organizations with which, from his position, he was connected; was a brilliant, fervent and forceful preacher, an able parish administrator, an attractive personality in social circles, and always a power for good. He was an enthusiastic, loyal friend, courageous and outspoken, and well merited the regard in which he was universally held.

Henry E. Howland
1901 Century Association Yearbook