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John Calhoun Brown

John Calhoun Brown

Mayor pro-tem of Minden
Webster Parish, Louisiana
In office
November 1942 – 1944
Preceded by Floyd D. Culbertson, Jr.
Succeeded by J. Frank Colbert

Born October 10, 1879
Webster Parish, Louisiana
Died January 3, 1964 (aged 84)
Minden, Louisiana
Resting place Minden Cemetery
Nationality American
Political party Democrat
Spouse(s) Effie Lucille Brown

J. E. Brown
Ellis Brown

Occupation Businesspeople
Religion Methodist

John Calhoun Brown (October 10, 1879 – January 3, 1964) was a businessman who served from 1942 to 1944 as the interim Mayor Pro Tem of Minden, the seat of government of Webster Parish in northwestern Louisiana, when the elected mayor, Floyd D. Culbertson, Jr., resigned early in his second term of office to enter military service in World War II.[1] Brown did not seek election as mayor, then an office with a two-year term, in the 1944 Democratic primary but remained a member of the city council, having led the slate of then at-large aldermanic candidates in his own race that year.[2] J. Frank Colbert, a former member of the Louisiana House of Representatives was instead elected mayor in 1944 and succeeded Brown in the position.

Born in Webster Parish, Brown was a 40-year Minden resident and a Methodist. He was formerly the chairman of the Minden Light and Water Department.[3] is interred at the historic Minden Cemetery. He was preceded in death by his wife, Effie Lucille Brown (October 26, 1888 – June 19, 1955) and survived by two sons, J. E. and Ellis Brown, both then of Baton Rouge.[4]


  1. ”Culbertson to Enter Army: Two Boards Attempt to Line Mayor up for Army Service”, Webster Tribune, October 27, 1942, p. 1.
  2. Minden Herald (a forerunner of the current Minden Press-Herald), April 7, 1944, p. 1.
  3. "J. C. Brown in Race for Reelection", Minden Signal-Tribune, February 27, 1934, p. 1
  4. "Last Rites Held Yesterday for John C. Brown", Minden Press, January 6, 1964, p. 15.