George L. Brown,
Public Servant

George L. Brown (Jul. 1, 1926 - Mar. 30, 2006) was the first Black person elected to public office in the State of Colorado and the nation's first Black Lieutenant Governor.


Brown was born in Lawrence, Kansas, in 1926. He was raised in Lawrence and in Kansas City, Missouri. A veteran of World War II, he was a member of the famed Tuskegee Airmen fighter pilots. He graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in Journalism in 1950.

George Brown began working as a journalist with the Denver Post, but he soon became a public servant. Elected to the Colorado House of Representatives in 1955, he later completed five consecutive terms in the Colorado State Senate, where he was the first African-American to serve in that body. As former director of the Denver Housing Authority, Brown developed senior citizen health programs, youth recreation activities and oversaw the construction of family housing developments and community centers.

He was elected Lt. Governor of Colorado in 1975. While serving as Lt. Governor, he pardoned an inmate while Governor Lamm was out of state. Sylvester Lee Garrison, who was serving a life sentence for murder, had his pardon rescinded when Lamm returned to Colorado.

Brown in 1979 was hired as senior vice president of Grumman Corporation, overseeing the firm's worldwide regional offices. He has also served as director of Prudential Securities' Washington Public Finance office and was a banker for Greenwich Partners, a Connecticut public finance firm.

Throughout his career, Brown has dedicated himself to community service. He is a trustee for the widely acclaimed Boys and Girls Choir of Harlem, as well as the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies. Brown has received the Adam Clayton Powell Award from the Congressional Black Caucus and the Metro Denver Man of the Year award, and the George Brown Urban Journalism Scholarship was established in 1976 at the University's School of Journalism.

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