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  1. Joelle Million says:

    Samuel J. Browne arrived in Cincinnati in 1798 with his parents, John W. and Sarah Browne, with whom he had emigrated from Bristol, England, in 1796. His father was a delegate from Hamilton County to the 1802 Constitutional Convention and founder of the newspaper Liberty Hall in 1804. Samuel was twenty-one when he joined his father and James H. Looker in the printing house of J.W. Browne and Co. which published the Liberty Hall. After his father’s death in January 1813, in addition to publishing the Liberty Hall, Samuel Browne and Looker, operating as Browne & Looker, printed an 1813 almanac and the first medical and religious books published west of the Allegheny Mountains ([Peter Smith], The Indian Doctor’s Dispensatory and Robert Patterson’s Church Music.— “Samuel J. Browne,” Biographical Cyclopaedia and Portrait Gallery vol. 3 (Cincinnati, 1881), 770; Appendix to the Journal of the Constitutional Convention of the State of Ohio…(Columbus: 1912), 966; “Report of the Librarian, 1967-68,” for the American Antiquarian Society. http://www.americanantiquarian.org/proceedings/44497961.pdf ).

    Browne left Looker at the end of 1813, and there is no historical record of what he did before making a trip to England in 1822, during which he married Frances Farmer. Although, historically, Browne has been credited with helping found the Cincinnati Gazette, his involvement with that paper was only as an owner of the Liberty Hall, which Looker merged with Thomas Palmer’s Cincinnati Gazette in 1815, after Browne’s departure. But Browne did establish the Cincinnati Emporium in 1824, published it through 1828, and then sold it. — John W. Browne Collection, 1796-1849, Miami University Libraries, Walter Havighurst Special Collections; Library of Congress, Historic American Newspapers; Cincinnati directories of 1825, 1829, and Name Directory of 1831.

    Retiring from business in 1830 at the age of forty-two, he purchased his parents’ homestead (consisting of twenty-five acres on the north side of the Miami Canal, in what was then called the “Northern Liberties”) and built a large family residence he named “Bellevue House,” in which he lived until his death in 1872. This was the site of the incident you recount in this article.— Cincinnati directories of 1834, 1836-37, 1840.

    By 1879, Browne’s family had sold the Bellevue House, and it became the popular hilltop resort by that name that is pictured on antique postcards near the Cincinnati and Clifton Inclined Plane Railway.— Will of Samuel J. Browne, Moses King, King’s Pocket-Book of Cincinnati (Cincinnati: J. Shillito & Co., 1879), 12; Picturesque Cincinnati (Cincinnati: John Shillitico Co., 1883), 14-16 (picture on pg. 15).

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