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Edward D. Drown
(1861-1919)

Edward Darling Drown was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on October 1, 1861, the son of Elizabeth O'Brien "Sarah" Darling and William Appleton Drown, owner of an umbrella factory and a prominent mineral collector. Edward completed his education at the University of Pennsylvania in 1880, then worked in his father's umbrella factory, while dealing in mineral specimens on the side. He advertised "Beautiful Specimens, Fine Minerals, Low Rates, Rare Foreign Minerals" in The Exchanger's Monthly (May 1886, May 1887, June 1888, August 1888, November 1888, and January 1889).

Following his father's death in 1890, Edward established himself as a florist in Weldon, Pennsylvania (living with his mother and sister), and was still there as of 1910; he never married. He was the superintendent of the Sunday-school of the Presbyterian Church in Weldon beginning in 1888, and an elder of the church since 1892. He died ca. 1919; ultimately his personal collection went to the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia, where it joined the collection of his father.

References:
U.S. Passport Applications, 1795-1925.
U.S. Federal Census, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930.
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The Mineralogical Record - Edward D. Drown Edward Drown's ad in the November 1888 issue of The Exchanger's Monthly.
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