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Scots and Scots Descendant in America
Part V - Biographies
Donald Campbell Brown


CAMPBELL BROWN, insurance adjuster, was born in Glasgow, Scotland, May 19, 1862, where so many successful Scotsmen have laid the foundation of prosperous business careers. His parents, Dugald Brown and Flora Campbell, were natives of Mull, and reflected credit upon their Highland ancestry by the character of their lives. Mr. Brown was graduated from the Normal College in 1876, after which he began his active career with sixteen years in the Clyde sugar business.

In 1895, he came to New York, and the same year entered the service of the Norwich (England) Union Fire Insurance Society. Four years afterwards he was engaged as adjuster for New York City and the State of New Jersey, for the Western Assurance Company and the British American Assurance Company, both of Toronto, and .the British American Insurance Company of New York. In 1901, he became General Adjuster for the Phoenix Assurance Company of London; in 1909 was appointed Superintendent of Adjustments, General Adjustment Bureau of New York, and in 1911 became Assistant General Manager. In this business, involving many difficult questions for solution, Mr. Brown displayed a trained judgment and a judicial fairness, which inspired the utmost confidence among his business associates.

Though a Republican in politics, Mr. Brown did not permit party affiliations to limit his action as a voter, and preferred to act independently in this capacity. He became a member of the St. Andrew’s Society of New York in 1900; he served on the Board of Managers, and was Chairman of the Board in 1911. He was also a member of the New York Burns Society, of the New York Athletic Club and the Insurance Society of New York, and was a member of various other societies.

In 1902, Mr. Brown married Lily Lefferts, daughter of Lewis Lefferts and Phoebe Anne (Becker) Lefferts, of New York. They had one daughter, Lillias Lefferts Brown, born August 23, 1909.

Mr. Brown was brought up in the Presbyterian faith and was a faithful member of that church. He died at his late residence, New Rochelle, N. Y., April 13, 1915.


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