Brown, James H.

James H. Brown
St. Joseph, Mo.

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James H. Brown, lawyer, was born in St. Joseph, Mo., September 3, 1859.  Eldest son of Henry C. Brown, our subject was an infant when his parents crossed the plains to Denver in the spring of 1860.  He received his education in the public schools of this city, the Colorado Seminary, and in the Northwestern University at Evanston, Illinois.  In 1877 he entered the Denver law office of G.G. Symes and W.S. Decker and in 1879 admitted to the bar.  In 1881, just after attaining his majority, he was admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States, and immediately took charge of the long litigation between his father and the State over the site of the Capitol building, and which he conducted with extraordinary ability.  In 1886 he was elected City Attorney and served the city with his characteristic energy and fidelity to the close of the term, after which he became counsel for the Consolidated Tramway Company.  In 1890 Mr. Brown was elected a member of the Eighth General Assembly, became the leader of his party in the House, and was the author of much important legislation enacted by that Assembly.  A Republican in politics, he has served long and well in the higher councils of his party and is one of its leaders in the city and State; but neither in that nor in other avenues of activity has he permitted anything to interrupt his devotion to the profession in which he as won a stable position of distinction.