from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- Brown, Charles Brockden 1771-1810. American writer and editor who is considered America's first professional novelist. Brown is best known for his Gothic romances, such as Wieland (1798), Ormund (1799), and Jane Talbot (1801).
- Brown, Clifford Known as "Brownie.” 1930-1956. American jazz trumpeter whose work, especially as a member of the quintet he formed with Max Roach (1954-1956), influenced jazz improvisation and bop styles.
- Brown, Herbert Charles 1912-2004. British-born American chemist. He shared a 1979 Nobel Prize for discoveries in the chemistry of boron and phosphorus.
- Brown, James 1933-2006. American singer. First popular in the 1950s with hits like "Please, Please, Please,” he is often called the "Godfather of Soul.”
- Brown, James Nathaniel Known as "Jim.” Born 1936. American football player. A running back with the Cleveland Browns (1957-1971), he led the National Football League in rushing for seven of his eight seasons and is listed as one of the NFL all-time rushing leaders.
- Brown, John 1800-1859. American abolitionist. In 1859 Brown and 21 followers captured the U.S. arsenal at Harper's Ferry as part of an effort to liberate Southern slaves. His group was defeated, and Brown was hanged after a trial in which he won sympathy as an abolitionist martyr.
- Brown, Margaret Wise 1910-1952. American author of children's picture books, including the Noisy Book series (1939) and Goodnight Moon (1947).
- Brown, Olympia 1835-1926. American Universalist minister and suffragist who was the first woman in the United States to be ordained in the ministry of an established denomination (1863).
- Brown, Robert 1773-1858. Scottish botanist known for his investigation of the sexual behavior of plants. His discovery of the irregular movement of pollen grains led to the concept known as Brownian motion.
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- proper n. A common surname.
Originally a nickname for someone with brown hair or a dark complexion. (Wiktionary)