Moses Brown


Birthday September 23, 1738

Birth Sign Libra

Birthplace Providence, RI

DEATH DATE Sep 6, 1836 (97)

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New England entrepreneur who was instrumental in opening Slater Mill and other Industrial Revolution-era factories.

Before Fame

He was the son and nephew of prominent merchants, and beginning at age 13, he worked as an apprentice in his uncle's manufacturing firm.


He was a prominent Quaker and abolitionist, and he also co-founded Brown University.

Family Life

He married his cousin Anna Brown in 1764. Following his first wife's death, he wed Mary Olney.

Associated With

He and John Adams were both vocal opponents of the 1765 Stamp Act.