Brown, Alexander Ephraim
- Edward L. Lach, Jr.
Brown, Alexander Ephraim (14 May 1852–26 April 1911), inventor and manufacturer, was born in Cleveland, Ohio, the son of Fayette Brown, a prominent local businessman, and Cornelia Curtis. After receiving his early education in the public schools of Cleveland and graduating from Central High School, he entered the Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute in Brooklyn, New York, in the fall of 1869. Following his graduation with a degree in civil engineering in June 1872, Brown joined the U.S. Geological Survey and spent the next several months exploring and surveying the Yellowstone region of the western United States. While working for the survey, he received an offer of employment from the Massillon Iron Bridge Company in Masillon, Ohio. Returning east, he served that firm for two years as chief engineer. He gained further practical engineering experience from 1875 until 1878 as supervisor of iron mining and engineer of construction in the iron regions near Lake Superior. Brown returned to Cleveland to marry Carrie M., the daughter of General James Barnett, in 1877; the couple eventually had a son and a daughter....