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BROWN, Maurice

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BROWN, Maurice. (County Kerry, Ireland, Mar. 20, 1812--Dubuque, IA, Aug. 4. 1885) Immigrating to the United States in 1836, he found work with a railroad contractor in Connecticut. After returning to Ireland in 1842 to marry, he came back to America in 1846 and began railroad contracting in 1846 and resumed railroad contracting in New Hampshire and other New England states.

He moved with his family to Illinois in 1853 and began work on a railroad to be known as the Chicago Air Line. It, however, was bought by competitors and never completed.

Brown and his family then moved to Dubuque where he began work for the ILLINOIS CENTRAL RAILROAD. Forming a partnership called Douglass, Brown and Company, he was involved with the construction of the largest portion of the CHICAGO AND NORTH WESTERN RAILROAD from Marshalltown to the Missouri River, the SIOUX CITY AND PACIFIC RAIL ROAD, Illinois Central from Iowa Falls to Sioux City, Sioux City and Pacific Railroad from Sioux City to Fremont, Nebraska, the first division of the Elkhorn Valley in Nebraska; and in 1871-1872 the first hundred miles of the International line in Texas.

He retired from business but continued to hold stock in the DUBUQUE BRIDGE CO. and the DUBUQUE AND SIOUX CITY RAILROAD among others. He was involved in the construction of the H. B. GLOVER COMPANY building.

See: Maurice BROWN, Jr.



"Summoned Home," The Dubuque Herald, August 4, 1885, p. 4