Brown, John Nicholas (02/21/1900-10/09/1979)

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  • Occupation: Real estate executive
  • Number of Terms: 4
  • Committees/Roles: Brown was instrumental in establishing the National Portrait Gallery. Served as Chair of the National Portrait Gallery Commission. Also served as Chair of the Advisory Board for the National Armed Forces Museum, a planned museum that was never built.


  • Brown, John Nicholas 1900-
  • Board of Regents
  • Citizen Regent
  • National Portrait Gallery (U.S.)


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Rhode Island

Short Legal Citation

71 Stat. 7 (1957), P.L. No. 85-9


People in History. An index to U. S. and Canadian biographies in history journals and dissertations. Two volumes. Edited by Susan K. Kinnell. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-Clio, 1988; Who Was Who in America. Volume 7, 1977-1981. Chicago: Marquis Who's Who, 1981; The Smithsonian Torch, no. 11 (new series), December 1965, p. 2.

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Regent Tenure: 03/14/1957-1979


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  • Rhode Island


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