1803–1868

June 29, 1803, New Lon­don, Con­nec­ti­cut.

May 14, 1868, Ger­man­town, Penn­syl­va­nia.

At age 14, Brown was bap­tized at Hud­son, New York. He at­tend­ed Ma­di­son Col­lege (now Col­gate Un­i­ver­si­ty), gra­du­at­ing at the top of his class in 1823.

He was or­dained at Buf­fa­lo, New York, in 1824, and the next year moved to Pro­vi­dence, Rhode Is­land to as­sist Dr. Ga­no, pas­tor of the First Bap­tist Church there. In 1827, he be­came pas­tor of the Bap­tist church in Mal­den, Mas­sa­chusetts. In 1829, he moved to Ex­e­ter, New Hamp­shire, where he had ac­cept­ed the pas­tor­ate of the Bap­tist church.

In 1838, he be­came as­so­ci­ate pro­fess­or of the­ol­o­gy and pa­stor­al re­la­tions at the New Hamp­ton Li­ter­a­ry and The­o­lo­gi­cal Ins­ti­tu­tion, New Hamp­ton, New Hamp­shire. In 1845, he be­came pas­tor of the Bap­tist church in Lex­ing­ton, Vir­gin­ia.

Due to ill health, he left pas­tor­al du­ties in 1849, and be­came con­nect­ed with the Am­er­i­can Bap­tist Pub­li­ca­tion So­ci­e­ty as ed­i­tor­i­al sec­re­ta­ry. He al­so ed­it­ed The Chris­tian Chro­ni­cle and The Na­tional Bap­tist.

While in Ex­e­ter, Brown ed­it­ed his En­cy­clo­pæ­dia of Re­li­gious Know­ledge. It was publ­ished in Brat­tle­bo­rough, New Hamp­shire, in 1835, then re­pub­lished in Eng­land. His oth­er works in­clude:

Brown helped write the New Hamp­shire Con­fes­sion of Faith in 1833, a more mo­der­ate ex­press­ion of the Cal­vin­is­tic Bap­tist be­liefs that ex­ist­ed at the time, and was wide­ly ac­cept­ed in the nor­thern Unit­ed States.

At the time of his death, Brown was pre­par­ing a his­tory of the Ba­ptists.

  1. And Wilt Thou Stoop, Great God, So Low?
  2. Come, Sin­ner, at Our Lord’s Com­mand
  3. Friends, for Whom a Sav­ior Died
  4. Go, Spirit of the Saint­ed Dead
  5. Have We All Here Met Again?
  6. My Friends, the Part­ing Hour Is Come
  7. O Thou! The High and Lof­ty One
  8. Unto Him, un­to Him, Who Is Able to Keep
  9. Welcome, Wel­come, Dear­est Bro­thers