Napoleon Bonaparte Brown

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Napoleon Bonaparte Brown (1834 – March 18, 1910) was a soldier, businessman, philanthropist, politician, and resident of Kansas and Missouri in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He is most known as the namesake and builder of the Brown Grand Theatre in Concordia, Kansas, a majestic opera house completed in 1907 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The theatre has been called "the most elegant theater between Kansas City and Denver."

Early life

Brown was named after Napoleon Bonaparte by his parents James & Nancy Brown. The 1850 Pike County, Illinois census gives his age as 16 at that time. A later census (1900) in Concordia, KS gives his birthdate as Oct 1833. Later military records list his hometown as Concord, Illinois in neighboring Morgan County.

Military career

"Colonel" Brown enlisted in the 101st Illinois Infantry on January 3, 1864 and given the rank of Major . Major Brown served in "B" Company until he...
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