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Thad H. Brown
1937 in Washington, D.C.
35th Ohio Secretary of State

In office
January 8, 1923 – January 10, 1927
Preceded by Harvey C. Smith
Succeeded by Clarence J. Brown
Federal Radio Commission

In office
March 28, 1932 – July 11, 1934
Succeeded by position eliminated
Federal Communications Commission

In office
July 11, 1934 – June 30, 1940
Preceded by new position
Personal details
Born (1887-01-10)January 10, 1887
Cardington, Ohio
Died February 25, 1941(1941-02-25) (aged 54)
Cleveland, Ohio
Resting place Arlington National Cemetery
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Marie Thraillkill
Military service
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Army
Battles/wars World War I

Thaddeus Harold Brown (January 10, 1887 – February 25, 1941) was a Republican lawyer and politician from the U.S. State of Ohio. After serving in the United States Army during World War I, he was elected Ohio Secretary of State 1923-1927, and was a commissioner of the Federal Radio Commission and then the Federal Communications Commission from 1932 to 1940.


Thad H. Brown was born January 10, 1887 at Cardington, Morrow County, Ohio,[1] son of William Henry Brown and Ella Dell (Monroe) Brown.[2] He was married November 10, 1915 to Marie Thrailkill.[1][2]

During World War I, Brown joined the United States Army and was Captain of Quartermaster Corps from July 13, 1917, and from October 11, 1918 to discharge was Captain, Judge Advocate General's Corps at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.[1]

In 1920, Brown was post Commander of American Legion in Columbus, Ohio. He was elected Ohio Secretary of State in 1922 and 1924, serving 1923-1927.[1]

Brown was an unsuccessful candidate in the Republican primary for Ohio Governor in 1926, a delegate to the 1928 Republican National Convention, and a Presidential elector in 1928.[2]

March 28, 1932, Brown was appointed to the Federal Radio Commission, and served until being appointed to the successor agency. On July 11, 1934, he was appointed a Commissioner to the newly formed Federal Communications Commission and served until June 30, 1940.[3]

Thad H. Brown died in Cleveland, Ohio, February 25, 1941, and was buried in Arlington National Cemetery.[1] He was a Presbyterian, Mason, Phi Kappa Psi, Phi Delta Phi, and Shriner.[2]


FCC Commissioners Frederick I. Thompson, T.A.M. Craven, Chairman James L. Fly, Commissioners Thad H. Brown, and Norman S. Case, left to right, inspect the latest in television, December 1, 1939.

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Preceded by
Harvey C. Smith
Secretary of State of Ohio
Succeeded by
Clarence J. Brown

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