Brown, Leonard, 1837-1914

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Poet, educator, socialist crusader. Leonard Brown came to Iowa in 1853 at the age of 13. Due in large part to a mentor, John Anson Nash, he was able to secure an education. Despite his education Brown struggled financially throughout his life, working on and off as a blacksmith and as a teacher in Iowa's rural schools. Brown was an ardent spokesman for social and economic equality, rights for Black Americans and Indians, the temperance movement, and improvements in education. He was equally as passionate in his criticism of capitalism and the gold standard for U.S. currency. Politically he aligned himself with the Populist and Greenback parties. During the Civil War he served with the 47th Iowa Infantry.

From the description of Papers, 1856-1911. (State Historical Society of Iowa, Library). WorldCat record id: 52256153

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creatorOf Brown, Leonard, 1837-1914. Papers, 1856-1911. State Historical Society of Iowa, Library
creatorOf Leonard Brown letter and poem to James Bryce, 1910 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Books from the library of Amos Bronson Alcott, 1579-1893. Houghton Library
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associatedWith Alcott, Amos Bronson, 1799-1888 person
associatedWith Allen, Benjamin Franklin. person
associatedWith Black Hawk, Sauk chief, 1767-1838. person
associatedWith Crocker, Marcellus Monroe, 1830-1865. person
associatedWith Greenback Labor Party (U.S.) corporateBody
associatedWith Keokuk, Sauk chief, 1780?-1848. person
associatedWith Nash, John Anson. person
associatedWith Populist Party (U.S.) corporateBody
associatedWith Sac and Fox Nation. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Army. Iowa Infantry Regiment, 47th. corporateBody
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Socialism in literature
Iowa in literature
Capitalism in literature


Birth 1837

Death 1914



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