John W. Brown


Mixed Media

30.0" x 24.0"

Statehouse Room 122


Governor Biography
Governor Brown was from Medina, Ohio. A Republican, he served as Lieutenant Governor from 1953 through 1957 when he became Governor serving in that capacity for 11 days. Brown was a son of a Scottish immigrant. He was born in 1913 in Athens, Ohio and graduated from Lancaster High School in 1932. In 1941, Brown was serving as an Ohio State Highway patrolman in the Medina district, but then, with the outbreak of World War II, he joined the U.S. Coast Guard. Brown successfully ran for Mayor of Medina, Ohio in 1949. He was elected Lieutenant Governor of Ohio in 1953, and was re-elected in 1954. He lost a bid for the Gubernatorial nomination in 1956. Brown's term as Governor was a short one. He served for 11 days between the Frank Lausche who took his U.S. Senate seat on January 3, 1957 and C. William O'Neil, who was sworn in as Governor on January 14, 1957. The position fell to him because he was serving as the Lieutenant Governor. Brown was elected to the Ohio House of Representatives in 1958, and in 1960 he was elected to the Ohio Senate. John Brown died in 1993, in Medina.

David Philip Wilson 1909-1981

Artist Biography
David Philip Wilson was born in 1902 in Northern Ohio. He primarily painted portraits of children and is also known for his landscape work and photography. Wilson was born in Monongahela, Pennsylvania. He studied at the Carnegie Institute of Art and Design under Charles Hopkinson. He also exhibited at the Cleveland Museum and the Chicago Art Institute.