1816 – He was born in Salem County, New Jersey on the 13th of October.
1834 – He graduated from Princeton College and studied law.
1838 – He was admitted to the bar.
1846 – Brewster was appointed commissioner by President James K. Polk to adjudicate the claims of the Cherokee against the U.S. federal government.
1867 – He was appointed Attorney General of Pennsylvania by Governor John W. Geary.
– He was chief prosecutor in the case of the U.S. Postal Service’s Star Route Frauds.
1881 – Chester A. Arthur appointed Brewster Attorney General of the United States, and he held that office for the duration of Arthur’s term.
1888 – He died in Philadelphia on the 4th of April and is buried in Woodlands Cemetery in that city.