Alabama Attorneys General

Charles G. Brown

photo of Ala. Attorney General Charles G. Brown


Attorney General: 1898-1903


Charles Gayle Brown, lawyer and Attorney General of Alabama, was born December 29, 1844, at Marion, and died December 24, 1913; son of William Richard and Mary Cogsdell (Parriah) Brown, the former a native of Mathews County, Va., removed in 1822-33 to Marion, Ala., where he became a banker and dry goods merchant, a Methodist, president of the Board of Trustees of Marion Female Seminary, and president of the old Perry Insurance and Trust Company; grandson of Jonathan Gayle Brown, who was the oldest justice of the peace of Mathews County, Va., and afterwards high sheriff, his father having been a Revolutionary soldier, and of Charles and Elizabeth (Huntington) Parrish; great-grandson of Plummer Huntington of the Connecticut family of that name. The Parrish family was originally from Virginia. The Huntingtons are of English and the Browns of Scotch ancestry.


Gen. Brown was educated in the schools of Marion, graduated M. A. from Howard College, and spent 1862-1863, at the University of Alabama. During the War of Secession he served as 1st sergeant Co. F, 20th Alabama Infantry Regiment, Pettus' division, Hardee's Corps, C. S. Army.


He lived successively at Marion, Birmingham and Montgomery; was solicitor Perry County,1872-74; solicitor Jefferson County, 1896-98; and was Attorney General, 1898-1902.


Married: (1) in 1874, at Marion, to Irene Hamilton;(2) in 1876, at Marion, to Mary, daughter of Cyrus and Sarah (Hogue) Billingslea of that place. Children: 1. Carl Abercrombie, Birmingham; 2. Cyrus Billingslea, m. Ernestine Poole, Montgomery; 3. Bradley Gayle, m. Marie Graves, Birmingham; 4. William Henry, U. S. Army; 5. Lamar Greenville, married and lives in Iowa. Last residence: Birmingham.


Thomas McAdory Owen. History of Alabama and Dictionary of Alabama Biography. (1921), 228-229.