Judge George N. Brown, of Catlettsburg, judge of the Sixteenth judicial district, was born September 22, 1822, on the site of Huntington, West Virginia; was educated at Marshall and Augusta Colleges, graduating at the latter; studied law, and admitted to the bar in 1844, locating at Pikeville, and soon building up a fine practice; was married in 1857 to Miss Maria J. Poage, who bore him four children. Judge Brown bears justly the reputation of being one of the ablest and purest jurists of the Kentucky circuits; but largely extended that reputation by the firmness and integrity in his conduct and rulings in the celebrated murder cases of Ellis, Neal and Craft. Only his resolute determination to enforce the law in the face of the wild and infuriated passions of the people, who were maddened to mob violence by the nature of the crimes committed, and a belief in the guilt of the accused, secured the partial administration of the legal processes and punishment. By a like stern courage and inflexible will, the Floyd and Magoffin county frauds on the public treasury were discovered and arrested, a service for which the auditor, in his report for 1883, said that Judge Brown deserved the thanks of the State. In 1873-73, he was one of the commissioners to expend seventy-five thousand dollars on the improvement of the Big Sandy.  [The History of Kentucky, 1886 - submitted by Shauna Williams] 


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