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Lewis H. Brown

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Lewis Herold Brown (February 13, 1894 February 27, 1951) was an industrialist and former Chairman of Johns-Manville, once the world's largest manufacturer of asbestos and asbestos products. Early life and career Born in Creston, Iowa on February 13, 1894, he attended the University of Iowa in 1915. Brown served in France as an infantry captain during World War I. After the war, Brown was employed by Montgomery Ward and was promoted to Assistant General Operating Manager within eight years. Johns-Manville and the Asbestos Institute T.F. Merseles, the President of Montgomery Ward, left in 1928 to become President of asbestos manufacturer Johns Manville, taking Brown with him. Merseles died suddenly in 1930 and Brown was appointed president at the age of 35. He thereby became the youngest man ever to hold that position in the company's history. He was also President of the Asbestos Institute. Brown was awarded The Franklin Institute's Vermilye Medal in 1938.
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