Owen Brown was born on November 4, 1824, in Hudson, Summit County, Ohio, to John Brown and Dianthe (Lusk) Brown.
He suffered a childhood accident that left one arm and hand partially disabled.
Brown moved to Kansas Territory with several of his brothers in 1855. He was directly involved in the killings that took place during the Pottawatomie Massacre in Franklin County, on May 24, 1856.
By talking with the local railroad workers and others near Harpers Ferry, Virginia (now West Virginia), Brown gained information about slavery. His was an important role in the attack on the federal arsenal. Unlike his famous father, Brown was able to escape arrest after the raid.
Brown died in Pasadena, California, on January 8, 1889.
Entry: Brown, Owen
Author: Kansas Historical Society
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Date Created: July 2016
Date Modified: July 2016
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