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Brown, John Nicholas

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Brown, John Nicholas

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  • John Nicholas Brown
  • Brown, John Nicholas, II

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John Nicholas Brown was born in New York in 1900. His father and uncle died shortly after his birth, causing the press to dub him "the richest baby in America." He attended Harvard and studied the History and Literature of Classical Cultures, traveling extensively after graduation. Always interested in historical architecture and art, he founded the Medieval Academy of America and was on the Byzantine Institute Committee. His public life included stints as the head of the Rhode Island division of the Public Works Administration, and Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Air from 1946-1949. He was married to the reporter Anne Seddon Kinsolving and had three children.


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US LCNAF n 83013541

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ISAAR (CPF): International Standard Archival Authority Record for Corporate Bodies, Persons and Families



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This record was created by Beth Bayley on October 26, 2012.


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