Robert Audley Browne
Born on December 3, 1821, in Steubenville, Ohio, R.A. Browne was the son of David L. and Sarah Miller Browne. The family moved to Pittsburgh where he graduated from the Western University of Pennsylvania with a D.D. degree. He enlisted as a Chaplain of the 100th Regt., PVI, August 31, 1861 – the “Roundhead Regiment” (i.e. Cromwell Covenanters) and served in the South Carolina Campaign – Hilton Head, Beaufort, and James Island. At 2d Manassas, Chaplain Browne elected to remain with wounded troops rather than leave the field; a decision which cost him his capture by the enemy. Quickly paroled, he continued action at Antietam, Fredericksburg, the Mississippi Valley Campaign (Vicksburg), the East Tennessee Campaign, and the Petersburg Campaign before mustering out on July 24, 1865. A Free Soil and a Republican abolitionist, Browne later joined the Prohibition Party; was elected to the Senate of Pennsylvania, 1866-1868; President of Westminster College, 1869-1872; and Pastor and otherwise associated with the First United Presbyterian Church of New Castle from 1873 until his death on May 15, 1919. He was married to the former Mary Eichbaum, his wife for over 50 years.