Saturday, August 23, 2003
Publishing family was active in politics
On Aug. 23, 1965, Rep. Clarence J. Brown died in Washington. Brown was born in Blanchester in 1893. After graduating from Washington and Lee University Law School, he returned to Blanchester and published several local newspapers in Ohio. He was lieutenant governor of Ohio from 1919 to 1923 and secretary of state for Ohio from 1927 to 1933. In 1939 he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives and served until his death.
Brown was succeeded in Congress by his son, Clarence J. "Bud" Brown Jr. Born in Columbus in 1927, he graduated from Harvard Business School and became president and chairman of Brown Publishing Co. He served in Congress until 1983 and was appointed deputy secretary of the Department of Commerce by President Reagan.
His son, Clancy Brown, born in Urbana in 1959, has appeared in Starship Troopers, Flubber and The Shawshank Redemption, and furnished voices on the television program SpongeBob SquarePants.
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