Stephen R. Bradley

Stephen Row Bradley (* February 20, 1754 in Wallingford, Connecticut, † December 9, 1830 in Walpole, New Hampshire ) was an American politician. He was one of the first two U.S. senators for the state of Vermont.

Soldier, lawyer and state politician

Stephen Bradley was born into a prominent family of New England. His ancestors had migrated in the early 17th century from England. After he had spent his childhood in Wallingford, he studied at Yale, where he made his degree in 1775. After that he fought on the American side in the Revolutionary War, during which he rose from Captain to Colonel.

1779 Bradley moved to Vermont. He studied the law and began to practice as a lawyer in his hometown of Westminster. He quickly became a prominent citizen of the town and took over several offices at the local level as the Prosecutor in Cumberland County, from 1781 the Windham County was formed. In 1783 he was district judge; In 1785 he sat for several years as a deputy in the House of Representatives from Vermont, where he initially served there as Speaker of the Chamber. At this time, Vermont was not yet a U.S. state, but as formally independent Republic of Vermont.

U.S. Senator

In the 1780s Bradley was also a judge of the Superior Court of Vermont, as well as acting as an intermediary in a border dispute with New Hampshire. After joining the Union on March 4, 1791, he and Moses Robinson were elected by the state Legislature to the first two U.S. senators from the new state. In Congress, Bradley belonged to the anti-government anti - Administration Group, later the Democratic- Republican Party emerged from the. In 1794 he stand for re- election, but was defeated by Federalists Elijah Paine.

After he again worked in the sequence in Westminster as a lawyer and a member of the local city council, Bradley returned on October 15, 1801 as the successor of Elijah Paine resigned in the Senate back. He remained there as a member of the Democratic Republicans, after a re-election to March 3, 1813. During this time he held on 14 December 1802 to the October 16, 1803, and again 28 December 1808 to 8 January 1809 Official the President pro tempore of.

After the end of his time in the Senate, Bradley again lived in Westminster, before he sat down in 1818 in Walpole to rest, where he died in 1830. His son William was also politically active and was from 1813 to 1815 and from 1823 to 1827 for the Vermont House of Representatives of the United States.