Daniel Webster Brown gained varied experience and no little fame as a newspaper cartoonist, and the successful record which he made in this connection begot in him that permanent liking for journalism that eventually led him to engage independently in newspaper publishing, he being now the president of the corporation which owns and publishes the Youngstown Citizen, a well ordered and popular paper that is issued on Friday of each week and that has a large and representative circulation in Youngstown and the territory tributary to this vital industrial city.
Mr. Brown was born at Akron, Ohio, January 28, 1876, when that now important city was little more than a village. He is a son of Daniel Wilson Brown and Clara C. (Hardy) Brown, both likewise natives of Summit County, Ohio, and both representatives of families there founded in an early day. The paternal grandparents of him whose name introduces this review were James R. and Eliza Brown, the former of whom was born in Summit County and the latter in Canada. The maternal grandparents, William H. and Elvira M. (Dales) Hardy, were lifelong residents of Summit County.
Mr. Brown was but eighteen months old at the time of his mother's death, and he was reared in the home of his maternal grandparents. He profited by the advantages of the public schools of his native county and also attended Buchtel College, which is now Akron University. While attending school he gave attention also to the study of architectural art and science, and also had a goodly experience in farm work, with which he continued to be identified until he attained to his legal majority. In the meanwhile he had well developed his natural talent as an artist, and he put this talent into effective play when he became a cartoonist on the Akron Democrat, with which he thus continued his alliance two years. The following year he held a similar position with the Akron Beacon Journal, and his next association was with the Canton Democrat, at the county seat of Stark County. Thereafter he gave effective service about one year as a cartoonist for the Cleveland Press, and his next experience was that of cartoonist with the Boston Post, during a period of eighteen months. He then returned from the Massachusetts metropolis to Akron, and soon afterward removed to Youngstown, where for three and one-half years he was allied with the Youngstown Telegram and with the Youngstown Vindicator one year. He then accepted the position of advertising manager for the Republic Rubber Company, with which important industrial corporation he thus continued his connection eight and one-half years. In the meantime he founded the Youngstown Citizen, the destinies of which he effectively guided,and when a company was incorporated for continuing the publication under broader policies he became president of the company, which executive post he has since retained. E. A. Watkins is the vice president and William Myers the secretary and treasurer.
Mr. Brown has taken lively interest in military affairs since he was sixteen years old, he having then enlisted in the Ohio State Militia and having won appointment to the office of sergeant major under Charles F. Dick and Charles C. Weybreacht, the latter of whom was major of the Eight Ohio Volunteer Infantry in the period of the Spanish-American war. Mr Brown accompanied his command to Cuba, where he was in active service a few months, his honorable discharge having been granted him at the close of the war on Cuban soil. In connection with American participation in the World war Mr. Brown helped organize for service as home guard the Youngstown Infantry Regiment, and after the close of the war he received his honorable discharge as major of the Fourth Battalion, which he commanded. While an active member of the Ohio National Guard he was several times called into active service in connection with quelling disorder in connection with strikes and riots.
The principles of the republican party receive the loyal support of Mr. Brown. He has passed the various official chairs, including that of exalted ruler, in Youngstown Lodge No. 55, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, he is past master of Saint Albans Lodge, Fee and Accepted Masons, and is at the time of this writing, in the summer of 1924, an official of Ashlar Chapter, and he is also a member of the Knights of Malta.
In November, 1898, was recorded the marriage of Mr. Brown and Miss Susan O. Auble, who likewise was born at Akron, this state, she being a daughter of John H. and Harriet (Day) Auble, the latter's father having been a clergyman of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Mr. and Mrs. Brown have four children, Dorothy, Edwin W., John W., and Ruth E. All of the children remain at the parental home except Dorothy, who is the wife of Hubert Westcott, of this city, their two children being Theodore and Helen Jean.
History of Ohio, The American Historical Society, Inc., 1925, Volume IV