Preliminary Guide to the Bradley Family Papers, 1774-1882

Collection Overview

Stephen Row Bradley and his son William Czar Bradley were lawyers who, as residents of Westminster, Vermont, served in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives respectively. Later Stephen moved to Walpole, New Hampshire. Many prominent New Englanders corresponded with them about Federalist, Republican, and Democratic politics, patronage, and legal and personal matters. Stephen's son-in-law, Samuel Griswold Goodrich ("Peter Parley") was his most frequent correspondent. Other subjects of the correspondence include the Vermont militia, relations between the U.S. and Tripoli, attitudes toward the War of 1812, surveying of the northeastern boundary between the U.S. and Canada, General Lafayette's visit to Thomas Jefferson in 1824, John Quincy Adams, Henry Clay, and Andrew Jackson.

Descriptive Summary

Bradley Family papers 1774-1882
Bradley family
1 Linear Foot, 792 Items
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
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Administrative Information

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Contents of the Collection

Correspondence, 1781-1826
Box 1
Correspondence, 1827-1877
Box 2
Legal Papers, 1774-1833
Box 2
Financial Papers, 1774-1882
Box 2
Miscellany, 1790-1850
Box 2

Historical Note

1754Stephen Row Bradley born.
1782Stephen's son, William Czar Bradley, born.
1783Stephen was appointed judge of the County Court of Windham County.
1791-1795 and 1801-1813Stephen served in the U.S. Senate from Vermont.
1813-1815 and 1823-1827William Czar Bradley served in the U.S. Congress from Vermont.
1815-1820William was a U.S. agent under the Treaty of Ghent with England.
1830Stephen Row Bradley died.
1867William Czar Bradley died.

Stephen Row Bradley and his son William Czar Bradley were lawyers practicing in Westminster, Vermont and New Hampshire.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Bradley Family Papers, 1774-1882, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.


The Bradley family papers were acquired in December 1990.

Processing Information

Processed by Don Sechler

Completed July 6, 1998

Encoded by Lisa Stark

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This collection is unprocessed: materials may not have been ordered and described beyond their original condition.