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Orlando Brown House

Orlando Brown, born September 26, 1801, was the son of Senator John Brown and his wife Margaretta Mason Brown.   Brown attended O'Hara's school in Danville, Kentucky and received his law degree from Transylvania University. After practicing law for a short time in Alabama, Orlando returned to Frankfort.  Orlando married Mary Watts Brown, his first cousin, on July 29, 1830. During the next few years he was the editor and joint owner of the Frankfort Commonwealth.  Several years after Mary's  death in 1841, Brown was appointed Secretary of State. Appointed by President Taylor, he served as Commissioner of Indian Affairs.  On October 12, 1852, Orlando married second to Mary Price Broadhead and returned to private life as editor of the Commonwealth.

In 1835, Senator Brown built his son a home on the grounds of his Liberty Hall property. This home, designed by Gideon Shryock was one of only a few residential structures he designed.  The home remained in the Brown family for many years.  It was later given to the National Society of Colonial Dames.  Open to the public for tours and receptions, the home is furnished with many of the original furnishings and personal articles of the Brown family.

Orlando Brown died on July 26, 1867 and is buried in the Frankfort Cemetery, section N.  His first wife, Mary Watts Brown, daughter of Preston and Elizabeth Brown, died on August 17, 1841 and is buried beside her husband.

The Kentucky Encyclopedia, by Kleber
Capital On The Kentucky, by Kramer
A Century of Progress, by Farmers Bank

The Frankfort Cemetery . . in Kentucky, by KGS


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