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William Bradford

William Bradford, American lawyer, jurist.


  • Bradford, William was born on September 14, 1755 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of William and Rachel (Budd) Bradford.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Arts, Princeton, 1772, A.M., 1775. Studied law under Edward Shippen.


    • Served from private to colonel, Continental Army, 1776-1779, served at Valley Forge, White Plains, Fredericksborough and Raritan. Admitted to Pennsylvania bar, practiced in Yorktown, Pennsylvania. Attorney general of Pennsylvania, 1780-1791.

      Justice Pennsylvania Supreme Court, 1791-1794. 2d attorney general United States under President George Washington, 1794-1795. On intimate terms with Washington circle (so-called “Republican Court”).

      Indirectly responsible for Pennsylvania Senate removing capitol punishment (except for 1st degree murder) from statute books.


    • Married Susan Vergereau Boudinot.
    • father: William Bradford
    • mother: Rachel (Budd) Bradford
    • spouse: Susan Vergereau Boudinot.
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    Died August 23, 1795
    (aged 39)