Aaron Venable Brown (August 15, 1795 – March 8, 1859) was an American politician. He served as Governor of Tennessee from 1845 to 1847, and as United States Postmaster General from 1857 until his death in 1859. He also served three terms in the United States House of Representatives, from 1839 to 1845. During the Mexican-American War, Brown's statewide call for 2,800 volunteers was answered by over 30,000, helping solidify the state's reputation as the "Volunteer State."
Brown was born in Brunswick County, Virginia, on August 14, 1795, one of eleven children of Aaron and Elizabeth Melton Brown.
Birth Date: August 15, 1795
Birth Place: Brunswick County, Virginia
Father: Aaron Brown
Mother: Elizabeth Melton
Brown married his first wife, Sarah Burrus, at an undetermined date, and they had six children.] Following her death, he married Cynthia Pillow Sanders, the sister of Gideon Pillow and widow of John W. Sanders, and they had one son. Hill McAlister, a great-grandson of Brown, served as Governor of Tennessee in the 1930s.
Husband: Aaron V. Brown
Wife: Sarah Burrus
Marriage Date: unknown
Aaron V. Brown (1842-1896)
Laura Brown Robertson (1830 - 1908)
Granville P Brown (1846 - 1862)
Husband Aaron V. Brown
Wife: Cynthia Pillow Sanders
Children: one son
Date: attended Westrayville Academy in Nash County, North Carolina,
1814: graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; valedictorian of his class.
1817: admitted to the bar
1818: law partner of future president James K. Polk Giles County, Tennessee
1821-1827: Elected and served in the Tennessee State Senate.
1831-1839: Elected and served in the Tennessee State Legislature, lower house, representing Giles County, Tennessee.
1839: Elected to the Congress of the United States (Democrat), defeating E. J. Shields, a prominent Whig.
1845: Elected the eleventh Governor of Tennessee. Married Mrs. Cynthia (Pillow) Saunders, his second wife. His first wife was Sarah Burruss of Giles County.
1847: Defeated for re-election as Governor by Neill S. Brown.
1850: Member, Southern Convention in Nashville, Tennessee.
1856: Delegate to the Democratic National Convention in Baltimore, Md.
1857: Appointed and served as Postmaster General of the United States in the Buchanan Administration
Brown died on March 8, 1859 in Washington, D.C., and is interred at Nashville's Mount Olivet Cemetery.