Moses Brown (Entrepreneur) – Bio, Birthday, Family, Age & Born
Moses Brown

Moses Brown was an American abolitionist and industrialist from New England, who funded the design and construction of some of the first factory houses for spinning machines during the American industrial revolution, including Slater Mill. He co-founded Brown University.

Born: September 23, 1738
Died: Sept 6, 1836
Spouse(s): Anna Brown (m.1764–d.1773), Mary Olney (m.1779–d.1798), Phoebe Lockwood (m.1799–d.1808)
Children: Sarah Brown, Obadiah Brown
Relatives: Chad Brown, ancestor, Nicholas Brown, brother, John Brown, brother, Joseph Brown, brother, John Brown Francis, grandnephew

About Moses Brown

New England entrepreneur who was instrumental in opening Slater Mill and other Industrial Revolution-era factories.

Before Fame

He was the son and nephew of prominent merchants, and beginning at age 13, he worked as an apprentice in his uncle’s manufacturing firm.


He was a prominent Quaker and abolitionist, and he also co-founded Brown University.

Family Life

He married his cousin Anna Brown in 1764. Following his first wife’s death, he wed Mary Olney.


He and John Adams were both vocal opponents of the 1765 Stamp Act.

Information related to Moses Brown

  • Brown Square – Brown Square is a small green space in downtown Newburyport, Massachusetts.
  • Brown Square House – The Brown Square House, now the Garrison Inn, is a historic pair of rowhouses at 11 Brown Square in Newburyport, Massachusetts. The four story brick rowhouses were built in 1809 and 1810 by Moses Brown, a Newburyport landowner, shipbuilder, and shipping merchant.
  • Moses Brown School – Moses Brown School is a Quaker school located in Providence, Rhode Island offering pre-kindergarten through secondary school classes. It was founded in 1784 by Moses Brown, a Quaker abolitionist, and is the 69th oldest preparatory school in the country.
  • Brown family
  • History of religion in the United States
  • Brown University people
  • People of colonial Rhode Island
  • Converts to Quakerism
  • University and college founders
  • American tax resisters
  • American Quakers
  • American manufacturing businesspeople
  • American slave owners
  • American abolitionists
  • Members of the American Antiquarian Society

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Latest information about Moses Brown updated on September 05, 2020.

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