George Houston Brown

Houston George Brown ( born February 12, 1810 in Lawrenceville, New Jersey; † August 1, 1865 in Somerville, New Jersey) was an American lawyer and politician. Between 1851 and 1853 he represented the State of New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives.


George Brown attended the common schools and the Lawrenceville Academy. After that, he was until 1828 at the Princeton College. Between 1828 and 1830, Brown was a teacher at the Lawrenceville Academy. After a subsequent study of law at Yale University and in Somerville as well as his 1835 was admitted to the bar he began in Somerville to work in this profession. At the same time he proposed as a member of the Whig Party launched a political career. Between 1842 and 1845 he was a member of the State Council of New Jersey. In 1844 he was a delegate at a meeting to revise the State Constitution.

In the congressional elections of 1850, Brown was the fourth electoral district of New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of John Van Dyke on March 4, 1851. Since he resigned in 1852 to further candidacy, he was able to complete only one term in Congress until March 3, 1853. These were determined by the events leading up to the Civil War. At that time it was mainly about the question of slavery.

After the end of his time in the U.S. House of Representatives George Brown practiced first as a lawyer again. From 1861 to 1865 he was a judge on the New Jersey Supreme Court He died on 1 August 1865 in Somerville, where he was also buried.