Nicholas Brown, the principal patron of Brown university, born in Providence, R. I., April 4, 1769, died Oct. 27,1841. He was liberally educated at the Rhode Island college, at the age of 22 inherited an ample fortune, and founded the mercantile house of Brown and Ives, one of the most successful in the country. In 1796 he was chosen secretary of Rhode Island college, which office he retained till 1825, when he was elected to the board of fellows. "When first made secretary he presented the college with $5,000 and a good law library, in consequence of which the name of the college was changed to that of Brown university. In 1823 he built a second college edifice entirely at his own expense. His gifts to the university amounted in all to $100,000. He also contributed largely to the Providence Athenaeum, and aided in the building of churches and the endowment of colleges in every part of the country. He bequeathed $30,000 for the establishment of an insane asylum at Providence.