April 29, 1832, Willimantic, Connecticut.
A Baptist minister, Brown pastored churches in South Framingham and Canton, Massachusetts (1859–70).
Retiring from pastoral work due to vocal disability, he was a contributor and editor of the Youth’s Companion for more than 40 years, and a member of the office staff for the last 20. From 1880–90, he contributed hymns more or less regularly to the quartet and antiphonal chorus service at the Ruggles Street Church in Boston, Massachusetts. His works include: