He supported President Andrew Johnson's Reconstruction policy even becoming a Republican "scalawag" for a time. After Reconstruction he became a Democrat again and was elected to the U. Brown with the help of his younger brother James and his father's plow horse drove a yoke of oxen on a 125-mile trek to an academy near Anderson South Carolina where the impoveriJoseph E. Brownd Brown exchanged the oxen for eight months' board and lodging.
Joseph Emerson Brown (April 15 1821 – November 30 1894) often referred to as Joe Brown was the 42nd Governor of Georgia from 1857 to 1865 and a U. A former Whig and a firm believer in state's rights he defied the national government's wartime policies. Senator from 1880 to 1891.