Brown, A.R. (Albert Rosencrans), 1863-1937
Albert Rosecrans (A.R.) Brown was born in Knox County, Tennessee in 1863 and was orphaned in 1865. In 1894, he arrived in Erwin, Tennessee, where he opened a hardware and mercantile store, A. R. Brown and Company. He organized and was president of the First National Bank of Erwin; served as president of Unicoi Bank and Trust Company, Erwin Water Company, Erwin Manufacturing Company, Erwin Cemetery Company, Erwin Inn Corporation and Unaka Academy; served as secretary-treasurer of the Erwin Development Company; served as vice-president of Unicoi Telephone Company; served as secretary of the Tennessee Textbook Commission; and served as a trustee of Carson-Newman College. He was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Erwin. Brown was an alderman and mayor in Erwin as well as a member of the Tennessee General Assembly from 1927-1933. In 1893, he married Tuppie Burleson of Plumtree, Avery County, North Carolina. They had five children: Jesse Burleson, Olive English, Alberta, Jodie, and Haynes. Brown died in a car accident in 1937.