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William Penn Brown, lawyer, and mayor of Kincardine for three years, is a son of James and Lydia Carpenter (Kipp) Brown, and was born in the county of Elgin, Ontario, March 22, 1837. His father’s sketch appears in preceding pages.
The maternal grandfather of William was a United Empire Loyalist, and had a brother who was a Colonel in the British army, the family coming to this country from New York.
Our subject was educated in the grammar schools of St. Thomas and London; studied law with James Daniell, then of London, now judge of the united counties of Prescott and Russell, and was admitted to practice, May 25, 1860, He commenced the law business at Welland; removed to Kincardine in May, 1862, and has since been in practice from that date, doing a thrifty business.
He is solicitor, notary public, commissioner for taking affidavits, conveyancer, solicitor for the Merchants’Bank of Kincardine, etc.
Mr. Brown has done good service in different positions in the municipality of the town; was a Trustee of the grammar school several terms, councilman two or three years, and mayor in 1876, 1877, and 1878, being the immediate successor of his father.
In politics he is a Conservative; is a Freemason, and was Master of Northern Light Lodge, two years.
January 28, 1870, he married Miss Estella J. Crable, a native of the county of Elgin, and they have two children living, and have lost three. The family attend the English church.