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Brown County

On February 4, 1836, both the House and Senate passed a bill providing for the formation from western Bartholomew county, eastern Monroe county, and northern Jackson county to be named for Gen. Jacob Brown, who defeated the British at the Battle of Sackett’s Harbor in the War of 1812. Also, due to Browns’ success, he was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. Within the following calendar year, a log Courthouse and Jail were built as the population started to increase. While having a total area 316 sqaure miles, there is also a population count of 15,234 residents.