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COL. M. D. BROWN is a native of Christian County, Ky., born March 15, 1838, the youngest member of the famous Brown family, which consisted of fifteen children, twelve of whom lived to be grown. His parents were Thomas and Rebecca (Stuart) Brown. He was reared on the farm, and had in his early career no advantages of an education, and through life has relied on his own individual efforts to attain positions of social worth and of business prominence. A considerable portion of his time, since he attained the age of seventeen, has been spent as a teacher in the schools of this vicinity and also in Illinois, and many certificates granted him by the State Board and other examining Boards of Education attest his ability and scholastic proficiency as a public instructor. During war times he acted as recruiting officer, and captained a small company of calvary in the Confederate ranks. He was appointed a Colonel by Gov. Blackburn, and holds a commission as Colonel in the State militia and as aid-de-camp to the Governor. Returning from the war the Colonel took up his residence in Todd County, giving some attention to farming pursuits, but, taking up the study of law, his energies were bent in the interest of his new calling, and removing to Fairview about 1873, he was soon afterward admitted to the bar at Elkton, and given legal access to the higher courts of the State. He has served as Police Judge of Fairview for several terms, and in 1876 and 1880 was a Democratic Presidential Elector. He married, in 1862, Miss Sallie A. Daniel. The family consists of seven children: Hollie F., Minnie T., Lenna D., Mattie R., Mittie R., Littie R. and Arthur D.