- William Bradford (Rhode Island)
name =William Bradford
jr/sr =United States Senator
March 4, 1793
Joseph Stanton, Jr.
President pro tempore of the United States Senate
July 6, 1797
November 4, 1729
July 6, 1808
Bristol, Rhode Island
Juniper Hill Cemetery, Bristol, Rhode Island
net worth =
William Bradford (
November 4, 1729- July 6, 1808) was a physician, lawyer, and United StatesSenator from Rhode Island. He was born at Plympton, Massachusetts, and was the great-great-grandson of the William Bradford who had been Governor of the Plymouth Colony. He first studied medicine at Hingham, Massachusettsand then practiced at Warren, Rhode Island.
William moved to
Mount Hope Farmin Bristol, Rhode Island, and was elected to the colonial assembly in 1761 . (He would be elected to additional terms at various times up until 1803, and served as Speaker of the Assembly in several terms.) He expanded his abilities with the study of law, was admitted to the bar in 1767, and established a practice at Bristol. He served as deputy to the Governor from 1775 to 1778 . He was elected to the Continental Congressin 1776, but did not attend.
Bradford served on the "Committee of Safety" of
Bristol County, Rhode Islandand from 1773 to 1776 on the "Committee of Correspondence" for the Rhode Island colony. When the British Navy bombarded Bristol on October 7, 1775his home was among the buildings destroyed. He afterwards went aboard ship to negotiate a cease fire.
United Statesgovernment was established, Bradford was elected to the United States Senate and took office on March 4, 1793. He was the President pro tempore of the Senate from July 6, 1797until he resigned from the Senate in October of that year. He returned to his home in Bristol and died there in 1808 . Originally buried in Bristol's East Burying Ground, his grave was later moved to the Juniper Hill Cemetery.
He was the great-great-grandfather of
Charles Dana Gibson.
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