James C Brown
Of Greenville, Mercer County, born on October 17, 1828, the son of James W. Brown; educated in common schools; apprenticed at the Mercer Whig in 1846; Mercer Academy, 1848; returned to Greenville, taught school near Mercer; Leech’s Corners (Mercer Co.); Brookville, Jefferson County; editor at 21 of the Brookville (Jefferson County) Whig while continuing his teaching career. He sold his interest in the Whig and purchased the Independent Press of Greenville, a newspaper that he either shared a business in, or served as editor for 37 years thereafter. In 1854, he was elected as a Whig Mercer County Superintendent of Public Schools; a member of the state House of Representatives; pursued the newspaper business, 1861-1862; and attempted an unsuccessful bid for state Senate, 1863. He enlisted in Co. C., 55th Regt. Emergency Militia during the Gettysburg Campaign; was elected to the state Senate, 1867-1869; appointed by President Grant as Assessor of the Mercer Co. congressional district, 1871; deputy collector, 1873-1874, Mercer and Crawford Counties; collector of the same district, 1874-1883; unsuccessful attempt for Mercer Republican Committee nomination for congress; and at the time of his death, was named delegate at large to the (essentially aborted) 1892-1893 State Constitutional Convention. He served as Director of Grove City College; President of the Greenville School Board, 1874-1879 and 1888; remained a member of the board until his death; and was an editor of the New Wilmington Globe. Brown married Mary A. Bittenbanner of Greencastle, on April 29, 1856. He died February 19, 1892, and was interred in Greenville Cemetery.