Carl Browne

Title

Carl Browne

Description

Carl Browne helped Jacob S. Coxey lead the first March on Washington. In the Spring of 1894, Coxey and Browne set out from Massillon, Ohio, to Washington DC with a few hundred unemployed people. They advocated for public relief jobs for the unemployed. The arrived in Washington in April and Coxey decided to speak on the Capitol grounds, despite warnings that he would be arrested if he tried. Both Coxey and Browne were arrested and imprisoned. Although Coxey was the public leader of the march, Browne was active in promoting the march, especially to the national press.

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First Name

Carl

Last Name

Browne

Birth Date

1846

Birthplace

Springfield, Illinois

Death Date

1/16/1914

Occupation

Biographical Text

Browne's earliest career was as a house painter, from which he moved to large-scale artistic landscape paintings He moved to California in 1869, and began to work as an editorial cartoonist for a radical newspaper. His drawings attracted the attention of political leader Dennis Kearney, who hired Browne as his secretary. Browne accompanied Kearney on a trip to Washingtin in 1878 to meet with Rutherford B. Hayes in support of legislation preventing Chinese immigration to California.

Browne continued as a political agitator after parting ways with Kearney, although he also tried his hand at preaching and selling patent medicine. He was known for his eccentric clothing and behavior.

Browne met Jacob Coxey in Chicago in the early 1890s and they bonded over a shared interest in monetary reform. Browne encouraged Coxey to lead a march on Washington from Coxey's home town of Massillon, Ohio, to demand publicly funded jobs to combat unemployment. The march ended with both Browne and Coxey in jail. Shortly after being released from jail, Browne eloped with Coxey's daughter; the two men never spoke again. The marriage did not last very long.

In the early twentieth century, Browne was again speaking on political causes in California, as well as reporting on radical gatherings, sometimes illustrating the stories with his own cartoons.

Description

Carl Browne helped Jacob S. Coxey lead the first March on Washington. In the Spring of 1894, Coxey and Browne set out from Massillon, Ohio, to Washington DC with a few hundred unemployed people. They advocated for public relief jobs for the unemployed. The arrived in Washington in April and Coxey decided to speak on the Capitol grounds, despite warnings that he would be arrested if he tried. Both Coxey and Browne were arrested and imprisoned. Although Coxey was the public leader of the march, Browne was active in promoting the march, especially to the national press.

Birth Date

1846

Death Date

1/16/1914

Coverage

1890-1919