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This biography was possible through the generous consideration of Mrs. Gina M. Reasoner.  


Source:  History of Ohio, The American Historical Society, Inc., 1925 Volume IV, page 188:

WILLIAM O. BROWN. Business manager of the Youngstown Vindicator, William O. Brown is the grandson of one of the pioneers in the iron and steel industry of the Youngstown district, and the early years of his own career were identified with that business. His grandfather was Nathaniel E. Brown, and his parents were James A. and Martha J. (Martin) Brown. James A. Brown was born at New Castle, Pennsylvania, in 1852, and for some years lived at Portsmouth, Ohio, where he was a bank cashier. On returning to Youngstown in 1878 he occupied the old home of Nathaniel E. Brown, who had been one of the founders of the famous Brown-Bonnell mills. With this well known institution of the iron and steel industry James Brown was himself identified for about twenty years. He died at Youngstown in 1905, survived by his widow and two sons, William O. and Frank L. William O. Brown has lived in Youngstown since infancy. Graduating from the Rayen High School in 1897, he spent several years in the iron and steel mills, but in 1902 joined the business department of that old and influential newspaper of the Mahoning Valley, the Youngstown Vindicator. He was assistant business manager for several years and since then business manager. Mr. Brown is a republican, and has membership in the Youngstown Club, Youngstown Country club, Chamber of Commerce, Young Men's Christian Association and he is a Knight Templar and Scottish Rite Mason and Shriner. He married, September 9, 1903, Miss Alma M. Maag. They have two children, Elizabeth Martha and James William.