BROWN, ED (ca. 1840–?). Ed Brown, black state representative, was born around 1840 in Alabama. He was a carpenter who apparently lived in Rusk County. He won election to the legislature in 1874 and served a single term. He was one of six black legislators elected to the Fourteenth Legislature and served on the Agriculture and Stock Raising Committee. In the legislature he opposed efforts to dilute African-American voting strength by redrawing county boundaries.
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The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.Paul M. Lucko, "BROWN, ED," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fbrgf), accessed May 18, 2013. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.