County was organized in 1855, the original spelling of the county
was "Browne" the county was named after Albert G. Browne,
of Mississippi, who had been Senator and member of the House of
Representatives from that state, was United States Senator at
the date of the Act organizing Kansas Territory, was relected
for six years in 1859, but withdrew with Jefferson Davis on the
secession of the Southern states. The name is properly spelled
with an e in the original statute, but on the county seal the
e was left off--accidently, probably. All later statues present
the name without the final e.
Hiawatha is the county seat of Brown County.