GENERAL EDWARD E. BRADLEY, NEW HAVEN: President New Haven Wheel Company and Boston Buckboard and Carriage Company.
General Edward E. Bradley occupies a foremost place among the business men of New Haven, being at the head of one
of the largest and most important industries in that city. His standing as a public representative is equally notable.
The General was born in New Haven January 5, 1845, and received a thorough public school education. At the age
of sixteen he engaged in the employ of the New Haven Wheel Company, beginning as shipping clerk. He is now the
president of the corporation, which has business relations throughout the world, its trade extending to most European
and South American countries. General Bradley is also the president of the Boston Buckboard and Carriage Company.
He has but few superiors in his section of the state as a business manager, and the rapid promotions which he has
met with in life have been deserved. In 1861 he became a member of the New Haven Grays, one of the celebrated military
companies of the state at that time. The soldierly traits and instincts which he'manifested at the outset attracted
attention, opening the way for the brilliant series of advancements in the service that awaited him. He was placed
at the head of the company and became a field officer in the Second Regiment within a dozen years from the date
of his enlistment as a private in the Grays. Under the administration of Governor R. D. Hubbard he was made paymaster
general with the rank of brigadier in the service. General Bradley represented the town of Orange in the general
assembly during the years of 1883 and 1884, his career in the house proving him to be a legislator of decided capability
and leadership. The constitutional amendment providing for biennial sessions was introduced in the house by General
Bradley during the session of 1883 and was ordered published in the laws of that year. The amendment that had been
submitted to the people in 1879 had been overwhelmingly rejected and it was feared at the beginning that General
Bradley's renewal of the idea would prove ineffective. But the General's influence was an important factor in getting
the proposed amendment incorporated in the session laws. In 1884 the legislature ordered the submission to the
people for ratification and it was adopted at the October election in that year. General Bradley was elected a
member of the senate from the seventh district in 1885 and ably served in that body through the session of 1886.
The democratic state convention of 1886 was held in New Haven and resulted in the selection of General Bradley
for the second place on the state ticket, the Hon. Edward S. Cleveland of Hartford being the candidate for the
governorship. The superb enthusiasm with which the general's nomination was received in the convention was the
most complimentary of tributes to his popularity. His total vote at the polls was larger than that of his chief
and exceeded by 1,979 the total received by the republican candidate for the governorship General Bradley is a
member of the New Haven Park Commission and of the New Haven Chamber of Commerce. He is also a director in the
New Haven County National Bank, and president of the New Haven Grays Veteran Association. He is a communicant of
St. Paul's Church in that city and is a gentleman of the most exemplary personal character. His family consists
of a wife and three daughters. The former was Miss Mary E. Kimberly prior to her marriage with General Bradley.
Illustrated Popular Biography
Compiled and Published by J. A. Spalding
Press of the Case, Lockwood & Brainard Co.
Hartford, Conn. 1891
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