William J. Brown

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William J. Brown
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42nd Ohio Attorney General
In office
January 11, 1971 – January 10, 1983
Preceded by Paul W. Brown
Succeeded by Anthony J. Celebrezze Jr.
Personal details
Born (1940-07-12)July 12, 1940
Mahoning County, Ohio
Died November 3, 1999(1999-11-03) (aged 59)
Columbus, Ohio
Resting place Oak Grove Cemetery, Delaware, Ohio
Political party Democratic
Alma mater Pettit College of Law
For the U.S. politician from Indiana, see William J. Brown (Indiana).

William J. Brown (July 12, 1940 – November 3, 1999)[1] was an American lawyer, and was elected Ohio Attorney General in 1970 and served until leaving office in January 1983.

Brown was from Mahoning County, Ohio. He remained active in Ohio politics through the 1990s. Brown's tenure in office is one of the longest on record for the Ohio Attorney General's office.[citation needed] In 1982, he was defeated in the democratic primary for governor to Richard Celeste.[2]

While in office, Brown emphasized consumer rights and created the state's first Consumer Protection section.[citation needed] Brown also successfully sued General Motors in the late 1970s for failing to disclose that automobile manufacturer deployed Chevrolet-built engines into more expensive Oldsmobile brand cars; the settlement included compensation paid to owners of Oldsmobiles who bought new cars from Oldsmobile dealers in 1977 and 1978 equipped with the Chevrolet V8 engines.

Following his term as Ohio Attorney General, Brown joined the law firm now known as Kegler, Brown, Hill & Ritter, headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. The firm has endowed a scholarship in his name, the William J. Brown Scholarship, at the Pettit College of Law at Ohio Northern University, Brown's alma mater.

The William J. Brown Award Consumer Protection Award is named for him.[3][4] William J. Brown memorial highway is named for him.[5]


  1. https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1350&dat=19991104&id=xQ0wAAAAIBAJ&sjid=3wMEAAAAIBAJ&pg=3755,816504
  2. IVER PETERSON, Special to the New York Times (1982-06-09). "Rep. Brown And Celeste Win Ohio Nominations". OHIO: NYTimes.com. Retrieved 2012-10-09.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Archived August 4, 2010 at the Wayback Machine[dead link]
  4. http://www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov/Briefing-Room/Videos/Ohio-Consumer-Protection-Summit--William-J--Brown-
  5. "Lawriter - ORC - 5533.42 William J. Brown memorial highway". Codes.ohio.gov. 2000-08-29. Retrieved 2012-10-09.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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