Brown, William (1784-1864)
Brown, Sir William (1784-1864), was born at Ballymena, County Antrim, and after spending some years in the United States, established at Liverpool a branch of his father's linen business. A Liberal reformer and advocate of a decimal coinage, he was four times M.P. for South Lancashire. In.1857, at a cost of £40,000, he founded the Free Public Library of Liverpool, was made a baronet in 1863, and left a fortune of £900,000.
1. Chamber's Biographical Dictionary, Philadelphia, 1926, page 140.
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