MONTGOMERY COUNTY BIOGRAPHICAL DIRECTORY
Brown, William Little (1789 – 1830)
SENATE, 13th General Assembly, 1819-21; representing counties of Montgomery,
Humphreys, and Stewart. Born at Cheraw, Chesterfield County, S.C., Aug.
9, 1789; son of Dr. Morgan and Elizabeth (Little) Brown; came, 1796, to
Tennessee with parents who settled in Montgomery County and founded Palmyra.
Attended Transylvania University, Lexington, Ky; studied law, admitted
to bar. Married in Davidson Oct. 30, 1828, to Louisa A. Gibbs; no children
indicated. Began law practice at Clarksville, Montgomery County, 1812;
helped promote sale of lots in Clarksville 1819; moved to Nashville, Davidson
c. 1821 where he, in partnership with Ephraim H. Foster, enjoyed what was said to have been "the largest law practice in the State." Appointed, 1814, solicitor general by Gov. Willie Blount; member of commission to settle boundary dispute between Kentucky and Tennessee by "Convention" of Feb. 2, 1820; elected by legislature to state Supreme Court 1822; resigned from court 1824. Died at his home, "Rose Cliff," near Nashville Feb 28, 1830; buried on "bluff overlooking the Cumberland River near his home".
Sources: Nashville Union, Mar. 9, 1840; Davidson County Marriage
Records, Book 1, p. 354; Tennessee Reports, Vol. 176, p. 864; Green, Lives
of Judges of Tenn. Supreme Court, 77; Moore, Tennessee, the Volunteer State,
II, 74; Titus, Picturesque Clarksville, 17; Clayton, History of Davidson
County, 76, 120; White, Messages of Governors of Tennessee, I, 557-59;
Beach, Along the Warioto, 76, 136, 138.
Biographies submitted by Jill Hastings-Johnson, Montgomery County Archivist