• [Alexander Hamilton] Ohio Gov. Ethan Allen Brown Reports on Judicial Courts

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    ETHAN ALLEN BROWN (July 4, 1776-February 24, 1822) was a Democratic-Republican who served as the seventh Governor of Ohio.  Brown’s father, Roger, was a prosperous farmer and a Revolutionary War veteran. He studied law with Alexander Hamilton and was admitted to the bar in 1802.


    Brown moved to Ohio in 1803 and was appointed to the Ohio Supreme Court in 1810, was re-elected in 1817.  A year later, he was elected as governor. He resigned in 1822 to take office in the U.S. Senate after the death of William A. Trimble. He was defeated for re-election in 1834 by William Henry Harrison.  Brown was the Ohio Presidential elector in 1828 for Andrew Jackson.  In 1830, he was appointed Charge d’Affaires to Brazil for four years. He then served as commissioner of the General Land Office in Washington, DC, from 1835 to 1836.


    One-page, ALS, 7 ¾ x 8 ¼, as governor to an unnamed recipient. “I discover that the acts of the General Assembly ‘regulating the times of holding the judicial courts,’ passed on the second of this month, with a special provision as to the fifth section, repeals the former law, and enacts ‘that this not shall take effect and be in force from and after the first day of February next.’


    “Will you favor me with your opinion, what should be done in this case, and whether the repealing clause, in your construction, stands suspended, till the first of February 1822?


    “I am, Sir, with great respect


    “Your obt Servt


    “Ethan A. Brown


    “Columbus Feby 15th, 1821”


    Toning, folds. Else excellent condition.


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