An abolitionist of the nineteenth century who sought to free the slaves by military force. After leading several attacks in Kansas, he planned to start an uprising among the slaves. In 1859, he and a small band of followers took over a federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry, in Virginia. A detachment of marines reclaimed the arsenal and captured Brown, who was tried for treason, convicted, and hanged.
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How to use Brown, John in a sentence
His heart rises against those who drink their curaçoa in liqueur glasses, when he himself can swill it in a brown john.Virginibus Puerisque | Robert Louis Stevenson