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John W. Brown

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John W. Brown

Dec. 28, 1913 – Oct. 29, 1993

The resignation of Governor Lausche in January 1957 to become United States Senator brought to the office of governor, as the state's fifty-eighth chief executive, Lieutenant Governor John W. Brown for a period of eleven days, January 3 to January 14, when C. William O'Neill was inaugurated for the regular term.

John W. Brown, the son of James A. and Daisy (Foster) Brown, was born on December 28, 1913, at Athens, Ohio, where his father was a coal miner.  John was educated in the public schools of Athens and Fairfield counties, graduating from Lancaster High School in 1932.

Since November 1941, Brown's home has been at Medina, Ohio, where he has been engaged in the merchandising, real estate, and insurance businesses.  He is now president of the Investors Heritage Life Insurance Company of Ohio.  During World War II, Brown served overseas with the United States Coast Guard and at one time was employed as a state highway patrolman.  He was married in July 1943, to Miss Violet A. Helman, and they have one daughter, Rosalie, now Mrs. Grant Angelus.

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