Monroe Brown Family Papers: 1884-2015
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Biography

The Monroe Brown family is a prominent Michigan family with strong ties to the University of Michigan. Members of different generations of the family founded the town of South Haven, Mich., helped organize the State Agricultural College (Michigan State University), established banks, corporations and foundations, served as Senators, judges, and bank presidents. Several generations of the family graduated from the University of Michigan. Robert M. Brown, who donated the Monroe Brown Family Papers to Bentley Historical Library, is the former captain of the Wolverines. His father, Robert J. Brown, was also captain of the Wolverines, making them the only father-son duo to ever have been captains in UM's history. In 1986, the Monroe-Brown Family Foundation was established in memory of Robert J. Brown and his wife, Albertine, for the purpose of promoting higher education for Michigan students. Robert M. Brown is active in the business and banking life of Kalamazoo, Mich.