WILLIAM D. BROWN was born in New Jersey in 1867, the son of John J. Brown and one of the daughters of David and Mary Hart. He was living at 409 Walnut Street with his father and another family when the Census was taken in 1870. Sadly, his mother seems to have passed prior to the enumeration of the 1870 Census. William D. Brown and his father were then living with the widowed Mary Hart and the rest of her children, including sons Charles H. Hart and George B. Hart.

His father was a veteran of the Civil War, who had seen duty with three different regiments. In 1880 the Browns lived at 1018 South 5th Street in Camden, where the elder Brown was a tavern keeper. John J. Brown had remarried, his second wife was Emma Harvey, the sister of long-time Camden policeman William "Bill" Harvey.  Besides William D. Brown there was a younger sister, Lizzie. Emma Brown's sister Elizabeth Harvey also lived with the family. By 1887 John J. Brown and moved his business and his family to 1102 South 4th Street. This building still operates as a bar in 2004. It was known in the 1940s and 1950s as Pete's Cafe, in 1966 as Joe's Cafe, in 1977 Baron's Lounge, in the 1980s as Phase 2, and since 1994 as the Cotton Club.

William D. Brown married his wife Margaret around 1888. A son, John, was born around 1890. His father, John J. Brown, passed away on March 16, 1898 at the age of 54.  William D. Brown appears in the 1888-1889 Camden City Directory as a reporter, living at 1102 South 4th Street. The 1890-1891 Directory shows that William D. Brown, still a reporter, and his wife Margaret had moved to 937 South 5th Street. When the 1893-1894 Camden City Directory was published, William D. Brown was working as a reporter of the Camden Courier. He now lived at 1013 South 5th Street. Also of interest is that his father had left the bar business, and now resided across the street, at 1014 South 5th Street

William D. Brown was elected to Camden's school board in 1890, and on the fifth ballot, was named Board secretary. The following year he was named Board Auditor. When the Commission of Public was instituted, he served on that body as Secretary and Auditor. He resigned from that body after the November 1902 election. A staunch Republican, by 1901 he was a member of the Camden Republican party executive committee.

By the end of the 1910s William D. Brown was serving as the City Clerk of Camden. His deputy through most of the 1900s and 1910s was Morris Odell. The Census taken in January of 1920 shows that he lived with his wife, son, daughter-in-law Sylvia, and granddaughter Helen at 920 South 5th Street in South Camden. Neighbors included Fire Chief George B. Wade, stationary store owner Charles Devaull, and Mayor Charles H. Ellis, who lived at 913 South 5th Street.

The 1930 Census shows the Brown family had purchased a newly constructed row home at 3190 Westfield Avenue in East Camden during the 1920s. These homes had been built be local real estate developer Leon Todd. The Brown family at this time included Mr. and Mrs. Brown, son John J. "Jerry" Brown, then a commercial artists, daughter-in-law Sylvia, and grandchildren Helen and William D. Brown II. 

William D. Brown served as City Clerk during the administrations of Mayors Charles H. Ellis, Victor S. King, and Winfield S. Price. He was appointed Camden County Clerk in December of 1920 when Francis Ford Patterson Jr. resigned to serve in Congress, and was succeeded at the City level by Morris Odell. William D. Brown returned to the City Clerk's office and in 1931 he was succeeded as City Clerk by Frank S. Albright.

William D. Brown passed away in January 8, 1933 and was buried at Lakeview Cemetery in Cinnaminson NJ. His son, Jerry Brown, is listed at the 3190 Westfield Avenue address. By 1947 the Browns had sold the house, which was then the residence of prominent Camden attorney Carlton W. Rowand. 

William D. Brown's uncle, Charles H. Hart, served with the Camden Fire Department and Camden Police Department in the 1870s.

Philadelphia Inquirer - September 24, 1889

Camden Daily Telegram * April 14, 1894



John L. Westcott - George D. Borton
Samuel Iszard - Charles H. Ellis
James Hanson Jr. - Charles Hewston
James Elberson - Charles Wilbur
Samuel Sheer - John Sinclair
Elwin Steen - Albert Shaw
Charles H. Fitzsimmons - Abraham Jackson
Alfred Sayers - Edward S. Hyde
Thomas Buchanan - Jacob Hicks

Thomas Reed - Joseph Peall - George Horner John Beard - Thomas Mullane - John Painter

Police Commission - Benjamin Braker
Joseph Potter - Joseph B. Fox
Charles Sayrs - Arthur Bedell
William C. Figner 
William D. Brown - Frederick A. Rex
James R. Carson - William J. Bradley
Harry Miller - Henry Moffett

Philadelphia Inquirer * September 1, 1895
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Dr. A. Haines Lippincott - Robert L. Barber - Jacob Sickler
William D. Brown - William B. Doyle - Dr. William B. Christine
Charles N. Robinson

Philadelphia Inquirer - October 11, 1895
William Joyce Sewell
David Baird Sr.
J. WIllard Morgan
Thaddeus P. Varney
Robert Barber
J. Wesley Sell
Frank T. Lloyd
Thomas P. Curley
William A. Husted
William D. Brown
Arthur Bedell
Maurce A. Rogers
George Pfeiffer Jr.
Henry J. West
William Bettle
Louis T. Derousse
Col. George Felton
Amos Richard Dease
Theodore B. Gibbs
William Barnard

Philadelphia Inquirer
June 24, 1896

William D. Brown
Eli B. Morgan
Louis T. Derousse

Philadelphia Inquirer * October 11, 1898
Mary A. Hart - William D. Brown - Charles H. Hart
South 5th Street - North Front Street
Union Methodist Episcopal Church

Philadelphia Inquirer * November 10, 1898
George Cline - William D. Brown

Philadelphia Inquirer - December 3, 1902

Harry Reeves - William D. Brown - J. Wesley Sell

Philadelphia Inquirer - September 5, 1903

David Baird Sr. - J. Wesley Sell - Frank F. Patterson Jr. - Charles V.D. Joline
E. Ambler Armstrong -
Frank T. Lloyd - F. Morse Archer - Robert L. Barber
William J. Bradley - William D. Brown - Thomas P. Curley - Charles F. Currie
Isaac W. Coles - E.W. Delacroix -
John J. Burleigh - John Cherry - William Graeff
Theodore Gibbs -
John S. Roberts - Henry J. West - George Pfeiffer Jr.
Irving Buckle - Samuel Wood - Jonathan Watson - Maurice Redrow
Richard R. Miller - Lwis H. Mohrman - David M. Anderson - G. WIlliam Harned
Edward H. Chew - William Coffin - Dr. John B. Davis -
Dr. Henry H. Davis
Samuel S. Elfreth - Charles H. Ellis - Levi Farnham - John Blowe - J. Palmer Earl
Samuel P. Jones - George W. Turner - Henry M. Snyder - Lewis Stehr Sr.
Charles P. Sayrs - Henry J. Rumrille - William M. Palmer - Frank Peterson
Martin J. O'Brien -
J. WIllard Morgan - J. Alpheus McCracken - John R. McCabe
A.G. McCausland - Joseph Kolb - John M. Kelly - E.E. Jefferies - Jacob S. Justice
Robert Jaggard - Harry L. Jones - Upton S. Jefferys - William Kettler
John D. Courter -
Dr. William S. Jones - Mahlon F. Ivins Sr.
Samuel G. Hufty - Ephraim T. Gill -
Francis Fithian 

Philadelphia Inquirer
December 1, 1904

Herbert W. Johnson
Mahlon F. Ivins Sr.
William J. Bradley
Maurice B. Rudderow
William C. Coffin
Harry C. Sharp
William D. Brown

Philadelphia Inquirer
February 25, 1906

Frank F. Patterson Jr.
Edward Van Dyke Joline
Howard Truax - Frank Voight
David Baird Sr. - J. Wesley Sell
Wiiliam J. Bradley
Charles G. Garrison
A.B. Endicott
Harry C. Loudenslager
J. Willard Morgan - Henry S. Scovel
Theodore Gibbs - Samuel P. Jones
John G. Horner - J. Boyd Avis
Wood McKee - W.H. Jackson
Frank Somers - Frank T. Lloyd
Edward S. Delacroix
F. Morse Archer
Harry Reeves - William D. Brown
Robert Leyburne
Theodore N. Patterson
Wolcott J. Patterson
Irving Buckle - Joseph Burt
Dr. William S. Jones 
Dr. E.A.Y. Schellenger
Henry J. Cloud - Charles Middleton
Edward W. Humphreys

Philadelphia Inquirer * August 30, 1909

Philadelphia Inquirer * January 11, 1910

Philadelphia Inquirer - April 15, 1910

William D. Brown
Sidney P. McCord
Morris Odell

Charles H. Ellis
E.G.C. Bleakly
William J. Bradley


South 6th Street
Charles H. Ellis
Louis Kennedy
Mrs. Ida S. Kennedy
Cooper B. Hatch
Ira S. Champion

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Philadelphia Inquirer * November 29, 1910
William D. Brown - West Jersey Guaranty Company

Philadelphia Inquirer - September 7, 1911
  Amos Richard Dease - John A. Mather - Melbourne F. Middleton Jr. - William D. Brown - Arthur Colsey - William F. Kelly - R.J. Garrison - James E. Hewitt - Lawrence Reader - Dr. Grant E. Kirk
George Kleinheinz - James F. Walton - David A. Henderson - John T. Rodan - Charles Laib

Philadelphia Inquirer * February 7, 1915

Philadelphia Inquirer * July 1, 1915

Camden Post Telegram
November 20, 1917

William D. Brown
Philip Facenda
Mary A. Cericola
Ferry Avenue
Guy P. Mackenzie 
Nellie C. Jubb
Walnut Street
Walter Edgerton
Minnie M. Smith
Joint Alley


Philadelphia Inquirer
March 23, 1918

W. Penn Corson
Charles G. Garrison
William H. Fish - George H. Garland
Alonzo Wood -
H.B. Hanford
Thomas Leeson -
Conrad G. Hoell
Albert Austermuhl - John Allen
R.A. Rockhill - Hugo Koehler
F. Ketterer - Smith S. Fogg
Reuben H. Gaskill -
W.B.M. Burrell
Charles S. Boyer - Ralph Williams
Charles H. Laird Jr.
Raymond L. Warren
Charles Brower - Samuel Withers
Thomas J. McLaren
B.H. Brace - Samuel Bakley
Irvine Deakyne - Lemuel D. Horner
F.W. Ayer - Walter S. Wolf
George S. Dallas - John T. Blandy
Franklin Hawksworth
John K. Bennett -  Frederick Lange
Ben Lawton - William A. Stewart
William D. Brown

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Philadelphia Inquirer
September 7, 1919

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Admiral Henry Wilson - Charles H. Ellis
Elisha A. Gravenor - Edward S. Hyde
William E. Albert -
James H. Long
Frank S. Van Hart - William D. Sayrs Jr.
Frank S. Fithian - A. Benjamin Sparks
Kessel Webster - William H. Iszard
Robert D. Clow - Andrew B.F. Smith
William H. Lorigan
Charles Austermuhl
David Doane -
William C. Davis
William Vanaman -
David Baird Sr.
J. Wesley Sell - William D. Brown
Charles A. Wolverton
William J. Browning


Trenton Times
December 11, 1920

William D. Brown
David Baird Sr.

Frank Ford Patterson Jr.

Philadelphia Inquirer - April 2, 1922

John B. KatesSamuel M. Shay - William D. Brown

Philadelphia Inquirer * September 26, 1922

Simon Wilkinsky

Frank Ford Patterson Jr.

Harry Reeves

Irving Buckle

Leon Buckle

O. Glen Stackhouse

David Rankins

Frank S. Van Hart

George A. Frey

A.B. Sparks

Robert Irving

Victor King

George W. Tash

Benjamin S. Maloney

Isaac Albertson

T. Harry Rowland

J. Heulings Coles

Willard T. Gibbs

C. Lawrence Gregorio

John J. Tischner

Frank B. Hambleton

Frank J. Leonard

Dr. William H. Pratt

Mrs. Katherine Donges

Mrs. Mae Hawkins

Edward Kelleher

Albert Neutze

Louis Bantivoglio

J.H. Williams

John H. Carroll

John P. Shaw

Joseph B. Davis

William Frost

Patrick Carr

Alfred L. Sayers

William D. Brown

John Rogers

Charles E. Hill

Charles S. Wolverton

Samuel Edwards

John Dobbins

Lizzie P. Abbot

Edward L. Aument

Frederick Stanton

Walter J. Farrell

John B. Dean

S. Raymond Dobbs

Harry McCloskey

Herman Neissner

Francis Stratton

Clara K. Stamm

Morris Steppa

Thomas Heil

Albert Bardsley

Albert H. Starr

George A. Harkins

John McAlack

Richard Davies

Leo Harkins

William Smith

Joseph Wood

Trenton Times
October 3, 1922

William D. Brown
W. Penn Corson
Harry C. Sharp
Charles S. Straw
John J. Welsh
Emma Hyland

Mortimer Richmond

Camden Courier-Post - February 18, 1928
William Brown - Joshua C. Haines - James V. Moran - Clarence Munger
 Dorothy Jean O'Brien - Loyal Odhner - Dorothy Phillips - Celesta Powers
Marion Powers -
Winfield S. Price - Raphael Senseman - T. Yorke Smith
Robert D. Stecker - Rev. Thomas J. Whelan -
George Whyte - Charles Wise
Hurley Store - Munger & Long
Camden Safe Deposit & Trust Co. - First Camden National Bank 

Camden Courier-Post
April 4, 1928


Camden Courier-Post - May 14, 1934

William D. Brown lived at
1102 South 4th Street, where his father owned and operated a saloon,
in the 1880s.

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