William Henry Brown
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William Henry Brown was born in Council Bluffs, Iowa in the Spring of 1848, where his parents were stopping over for the winter, on their way West as part of the early Mormon migration to Utah. His parents, George Brown and Elizabeth Mills, were from Oldham, Lancashire, England.

William was raised on a farm in Provo, but became very active in public life. At the time of his death he was assessor and collector of taxes for Utah County. He was very active in civic affairs and also served as a member of the City Council and as Justice of the Peace. In this position he recognized the need for a legal background and at the time of his death, in 1892 from a heart attack at the age of 44, he was studying for the bar. William had a large farm on the west side of the Provo River near the north edge of the city. He was instrumental in establishing two canal companies and served as superintendent of both of them. Along the way he became a blacksmith and the blacksmith tools were mentioned in the settlement papers of his estate. He was also a partner in a dry goods store.

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