Judge M. C. Brown (Melville) was one of the pioneer attorneys of Wyoming. He was appointed assistant assessor of internal revenue under President Lincoln and also served as assessor. In addition, he belonged to the second territorial legislature, was the mayor of Laramie for two years, and served as president of the Constitutional Convention. Later, in 1900, he was appointed by President McKinley to serve as U.S. judge for the district of Alaska.
“Judge M.C. Brown in a felicitous introduction presented Mrs. I.S. Bartlett, the poet of the day, to the audience.” After the poem was presented by Mrs. Bartlett, he gave a speech to the crowd. “To Judge M.C. Brown, the able president of the constitutional convention was assigned the duty of presenting the result of its labors.” (Cheyenne Daily Sun July 24, 1890, p. 4 & 5)