February 12, 1957
John Elward Brown died after breaking his hip during a fall. He is buried in Siloam Springs (Benton County). A prominent evangelist, publisher, radio pioneer, and educator in the first half of the twentieth century, Brown established John Brown University (JBU), one of the state’s leading private universities. He was also the leading figure in securing passage of a law prohibiting the sale of alcohol in Benton County, a ban that continued into the twenty-first century.