Born in New Ipswich, New Hampshire on June 22, 1807, Nathan Brown was an American Baptist Missionary. In 1848, he and his wife, whom he married in 1830, went on to serve as missionaries in Burma. Their original intention had been to translate the Bible into Burmese. But he soon found himself pulled into a mission along with Oliver Cutter and Mile Bronson in the Indian region of Assam.
With Cutter’s help he published ‘Orunudoi’ (Aroonudai), the first Assamese Journal, in the year 1846. he was the editor of this pioneer Journal till 1854. Miles Bronson published the first Assamese-English Dictionary in 1846, and Nathan Brown published an Assamese Grammar – ‘Grammatical Notes on the Assamese Language’, in 1848. He wrote many other books and also translated the ‘New Testament’ into Assamese language, in 1850. Nathan brown also published many old books written by other authors. eg., Asom Buranji by Kashinath Phukon, Chutia Buranji etc.
Nathan Brown returned home to the United States in 1850, to work for the anti-slavery movement (abolitionist movement). Then he went to Japan, to establish first Baptist Church in Tokyo. Brown died in Yokohama on January 1, 1886.
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