Brown, Nicholas

Brown, Nicholas,

1769–1841, American manufacturer and philanthropist, b. Providence, R.I., grad. Rhode Island College (renamed Brown Univ.Brown University,
Providence, R.I.; coeducational chartered 1764 as Rhode Island College at Warren, opened 1765. It moved to Providence in 1770 and was renamed for Nicholas Brown in 1804.
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 in 1804 for him), 1786. He extended the internationally known mercantile business of his father, Nicholas Brown. Later his own firm, Brown and Ives, came to control most of the waterpower on the Blackstone River, where his uncle, Moses Brown, and Samuel Slater had pioneered in the cotton textile industry. He was the treasurer (1796–1825) and, for a long period of time, the benefactor of his alma mater. Butler Hospital was founded (1847), in Providence, by his bequest for the care of the mentally ill.


See J. B. Hedges, Browns of Providence Plantations (2 vol., 1952; repr. 1968).

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A third try for the visitors courtesy of Joseph Wilson put them 20-5 up at half-time before secondhalf tries from Elliot Brown, Nicholas Smith and Matthew Ashton helped to secure their victory.
Brown, Nicholas and Susan Boden 2012 A Way Through: The life of Rick Farley NewSouth, Sydney, 352pp, ISBN 9781921410857 (pbk)
The final went into extra time and our captain, John Docker, scored to win." The lads are (from back left) David Copley, Neil Turner, Mark Mitchell, Nigel Day, Robert Wray, Richard Hoyle, Christian Taylor, Philip Worthington, Steven Cox, John Whitehead; (front row): Robert Walker, Mark Brown, Nicholas Holmes, David Walker, John Docker, Gary 'Waz' Smith, Julian Parr, Brian Kitson and Paul 'Biff' Bamford..
Dunlops Cubs (Christian Lalley 2, Daniel Wall, Daniel O'Connor) tamed Kingsthorne Lions 4-0, Mossley Hill (Matthew Scoular 3, Joe Cunningham, Max Hatherley, Lucas Halewood) beat Kingsley United (Kane Drummond, Adam Wright, Brendan Adams) 6-3 andNetherley WLL (Ethan Brown, Nicholas Long) beat Woolton Sharks 2-0.
Frank is survived by his devoted wife of fifty nine years, Mary (Rizzo) Riccardi; his loving daughters, Frances Brown and her husband David, Lena Riccardi, and Rose Mary Riggieri; six grandchildren, Katie and Daniel Brown, Nicholas and Maria DeSantis, Gabriella and Gina Riggieri, and many nephews and nieces.
Brown, Nicholas Couture, 18, of Shrewsbury; and a third unnamed teenager lit plastic bags filled with gasoline, which destroyed the car belonging to Karen Wolfson.