, Nebraska , United States
|| May 02, 1863
|Died||January 05, 1960
Dec 29, 2009 02:37pm
|Info||Norris Brown was a Senator from Nebraska. |
Brown was born in Maquoketa, Iowa. The son of William Henry Harrison and Eliza Ann Phelps Brown, he attended Jefferson Iowa Academy and graduated from the law department of the University of Iowa at Iowa City, Iowa in 1883. He was admitted to the bar in 1884 and commenced his law practice in Perry, Iowa. He proposed permitting an income tax, later incorporated into the 16th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. He moved to Kearney, Nebraska, in 1888 and continued the practice of law. Brown was the prosecuting attorney of Buffalo County from 1892 to 1896, the deputy attorney general of Nebraska from 1900 to 1905, and the attorney general of Nebraska from 1905 to 1907. He distinguished himself in this post by winning a tax suit of over a million dollars against the railroads. The money was used to open schools in Nebraska.
Brown was elected as a Republican to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1907, to March 3, 1913. During his term he served as the chairman of the Committee on Patents (Sixty-first and Sixty-second Congresses). He was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1912. He then resumed the practice of law in Omaha where he became senior partner in the firm of Brown, Crossman, West, Barton, and Quinlan. He served as attorney for the Omaha Stockyards for 30 years. In 1942 he retired and moved to Seattle, Washington. Brown died there January 5, 1960 and was interred in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Omaha.
Brown was married twice. In 1885, he married Lula K. Beeler, who died in 1925. They had two daughters. Ann L. Howland became his second wife in 1927, and died in 1937.