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William Bradford

William Bradford (1729-1808), a Senator from Rhode Island; born in Plympton, Plymouth County, Mass., November 4, 1729; studied medicine in Hingham, Mass., and afterwards practiced in Warren, R.I.; moved to Bristol, R.I.; abandoned the profession of medicine and studied law; admitted to the Rhode Island bar in 1767 and commenced practice in Bristol; member, State house of representatives for several terms between 1761 and 1803, serving as speaker on several occasions; member of the Rhode Island Committee of Correspondence in 1773; deputy governor of Rhode Island 1775-1778; elected as a Delegate to the Continental Congress in 1776 but did not attend; elected to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1793, until October 1797, when he resigned; served as President pro tempore of the Senate during the Fifth Congress; retired to his home in Bristol, R.I., and died there on July 6, 1808; interment in East Burial Ground. Father-in-law of James De Wolf; great-grandfather of James DeWolf Perry; great-great-grandfather of LeBaron Bradford Colt.

Parents: Samuel Bradford, Sarah Grey
Spouse: Mary Le Baron
Born: 20 MAR 1731 Plymouth, Plymouth, MA
Died: 2 OCT 1775 Bristol, RI
Marriage: 22 Mar 1750 in Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts

William Bradford 1752–1811
Lazarus Bradford 1754–1793
Le Baron Bradford 1754–1793
Mary Bradford 1760–1834
One Bradford 1764–1764
Hannah Bradford 1767–1811
John Bradford 1768–1833
Nancy Bradford 1770–1838
Ezekiel H Bradford 1772–1849
Lydia Bradford 1774–1854

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