Born: May 9, 1800, Torrington, CT
Died: December 2, 1859, Charles Town, WV
Buried: December 8, 1859, John Brown Farm and Gravesite, NY
Children: Frederick Brown, Annie Brown, Oliver Brown, More
At the age of 16, John Brown left his family and went to Plainfield, Massachusetts, where he enrolled in a preparatory program. Shortly afterward, he transferred to the Morris Academy in Litchfield, Connecticut. He hoped to become a Congregationalist minister, but money ran out and he suffered from eye inflammations, which forced him to give up the academy and return to Ohio. In Hudson, he worked briefly at his father's tannery before opening a successful tannery of his own outside of town with his adopted brother.