Charles E. Brown was eleven years old when his father brought the family from Illinois to Vancouver in 1861. The family left Illinois when his father was appointed Receiver of Public Monies by President Abraham Lincoln.
Charles was born July 23, 1850 in Illinois to Samuel W. Brown and Harriet A. Miles. Charles received his education in Vancouver and in 1874 married Rebecca Alice Slocum at the house at 400 W. 11th Street. Together they had three daughters named Harriet, Frances and Floy.
Charles was involved in Vancouver city politics for years. He was mayor for a short time, served on the city council, and held the office of county auditor for four terms. He was elected President of the First National Bank of Vancouver in 1891 and held this position until his death in 1901.
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