- John Brown Francis
name=John Brown Francis
jr/sr=United States Senator
January 25, 1844ndash March 3, 1845
William Sprague III
Albert C. Greene
date of birth=
May 31, 1791
place of birth=Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
date of death=
August 9, 1864
place of death=
Warwick, Rhode Island, USA
John Brown Francis (
May 31, 1791ndash August 9, 1864) was a United States Senatorfrom Rhode Island. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he attended the common schools of Providence, Rhode Islandand graduated from Brown Universityin 1808. He engaged in mercantile pursuits, attended the Litchfield Law School, and was admitted to the bar but never practiced. Francis was a member of the Rhode Island House of Representativesfrom 1821 to 1829 and a member of the board of trustees of Brown University from 1828 to 1857. He was a member of the Rhode Island Senatein 1831 and 1842, and was Governor of Rhode Islandfrom 1833 to 1838.
From 1841 to 1854, Francis was
chancellorof Brown University; he was elected as a Whig to the U.S. Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of William Sprague and served from January 25, 1844, to March 3, 1845. He was not a candidate for reelection; while in the Senate, he was chairman of the Committee on Engrossed Bills (Twenty-eighth Congress).
Francis was a member of the
Rhode Island Senatefrom 1845 to 1856, and then retired from public life and engaged in agricultural pursuits until his death at "Spring Green," Warwick, Rhode Island, in 1864; interment was in North Burial Ground, Providence.
Francis' grandfather, John Brown, was a
U.S. Representativefrom Rhode Island and a member of the family for whom Brown University was named.
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