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.

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Collection Details

Collection Number
Bradley Family papers
1 Linear Feet, 792 Items
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library

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

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


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

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

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The Bradley family papers were acquired in December 1990.

Processing Information

Processed by Don Sechler

Completed July 6, 1998

Encoded by Lisa Stark

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