Name

Obadiah Brown

Career

Business/Commerce

Occupation 1

Maritime commerce

Region

NA/New England region

Era

Anglo-American Atlantic World (1641-1750)

Born

1714

Died

1762

Text

4th generation of Providence Browns; younger son of the first Brown to enter commerce, James (1666-17xx) and brother of James (1700-1739), with whom he expanded their father's commercial interests into several seagoing enterprises. Like James, he started out at sea as a super-cargo trading in the West Indies. Started the family's interest in the manufacture/export of spermacetti candles in 1751. In 1750s also moved into marine indurance. Attempted to initate direct trade between Rhode Island (by passing Boston) and London; was briefly engaged in the West African slave trade in 1736.

Related People

Brown, John Brown, Obadiah Brown, James Brown, Joseph

Related Vessels

Wheel of Fortune

Related Source

Browns of Providence Plantations: Colonial Years (1952)

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Record ID: 772