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date: 16 October 2019

Brown, Aaron Venablelocked

(15 August 1795–08 March 1859)
  • Jonathan M. Atkins

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Brown, Aaron Venable (15 August 1795–08 March 1859), politician, was born in Brunswick County, Virginia, the son of Aaron Brown, a Methodist minister, and Elizabeth Melton. Born into a slaveowning family, Brown graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1814. After his matriculation his parents moved to Giles County, Tennessee, so upon the completion of his studies Brown studied law in Nashville. In 1817 Brown was admitted to the Tennessee bar and opened a law practice in Nashville; shortly thereafter he moved to Pulaski in Giles County. While practicing law he also invested in cotton planting and established himself as a member of the wealthy planter class. At an unknown date he married Sarah Woodford Burrus; the couple had four children. Sarah Woodford Brown died, apparently in 1844. The next year Brown married the widowed Cynthia Pillow Saunders. This union produced one child....

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