THOMAS BRUEN BROWN
Thomas Bruen Brown
Thomas Bruen Brown was born in Washington, D.C. on
October 25, 1847. He settled in Los Angeles in 1875 after graduating
from Princeton University and Columbia University School of Law.
Brown defeated Stephen M. White for the Democratic nomination for
District Attorney and went on to be elected in 1879. He served two
terms. Brown’s chief form of recreation was tending ten acres of
orange trees which he owned on Adams Boulevard.
In 1879, Brown married Eleanor T. Patton, sister of
George Patton, Jr. who later became District Attorney. They had six
children. Brown was one of the founders of St. John’s Episcopal
Church in Los Angeles and was an active Mason and a leader of the
Democratic Party in Los Angeles. He died unexpectedly on February
10, 1895 at the age of 45 and is buried in Rosedale cemetery.