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Tue, 12.08.1863

Robert S. Brown, Physician born

Dr. Robert S. Brown

*Robert S. Brown was born on this date in 1863. He was a Black doctor.

Born in Staunton, Virginia, Robert Sirelle Brown studied at the integrated Bennett Medical College in Chicago, now part of Loyola University.

Upon his graduation in 1895, Brown practiced in Oskaloosa, Iowa, where he married Julia Perrin. The couple had three children born in Iowa and the 4th born in Virginia in 1890. After that, Julia disappears from census records, and Brown married Anna Webb in Lincoln, Nebraska, in 1892, where their first child was born: Robert J Brown in January 1893. The Brown family moved to Minneapolis in 1899.

He first set up his medical practice in the Reeve Bldg., which was at 4th & Nicollet, and the first residence was at 2839 Portland Ave. Brown was a member of the Odd Fellows, Elks, Knights of Pythias, and a Mason. His youngest son William Donald was born in 1902. In 1921, Brown was elected president of the Minneapolis chapter of the NAACP.

Robert S. Brown, the first Black doctor in Minneapolis, died on April 7, 1927.

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