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Goodman Brown

Member From: 1887 - 1888

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  • Birth Date: July 24, 1840 Birth Place:Surry County, Virginia
  • Death Date: July 4, 1929
  • Gender: Male Race: African American
  • Spouse: Mary Todd Park (m. 1872)
  • Children: 9 children
  • Religion: Baptist
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  • Military Service: U.S. Navy during the American Civil War
  • Occupation/Profession: Politician, Farmer
  • Memberships/Affiliations: Mount Nebo Baptist Church
  • Additional Info Links: Bio from Encyclopedia Virginia
    Bio from Virginia's Martin Luther King Jr. Commission
  • Bio: ​Goodman Brown was born free in Surry County in 1840, a member of three generations of free men. His father was a landowner and at the age of 22 Goodman Brown enlisted in the U.S. Navy as a cabin boy aboard the USS Maratanza during the American Civil War. He was discharged December 20, 1864. A farmer, he attended night school and was later instructed by his wife, one of the first African American school teachers in Surry County. He represented Prince George and Surry Counties in the Virginia House of Delegates from 1887 to 1888, where he served on the House Immigration and the Retrenchment and Economy Committees. He died July 4, 1929, in Surry County and is buried near Bacon's Castle.​
Session District District Number Party Leadership Committees
1887-1888 Prince George & Surry Republican Immigration
Retrenchment and Economy

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