|Source:||The Annals of Iowa, Vol. VI - III Series.|
|A Historical Quarterly.
Edited by Charles Aldrich, A. M.
Published by The Historical Dept. of Iowa.
Des Moines. 1903-5.
James A. BROWN was born in New York state April 25, 1831; he died in Vinton, Iowa, December 21, 1903. In 1842 he moved with his father to Keosauqua, Iowa. He studied civil engineering and in 1855 entered the government service in which he remained three years. About 1865 he removed to Benton county. He was elected surveyor of the county and was four times re-elected; he was also deputy county auditor for a time, and for sixteen years was business manager of the college for the blind.