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James Ware Bradbury Papers 1817-1891, n.d.

2.0 linear feet.

Catalog Number:M16

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Agency History / Biographical Note:
James Ware Bradbury (1802-1901), a member of Bowdoin's Class of 1825, practiced law in Augusta, Maine (1830-1876), at different times partnering with Horatio Bridge, Lot M. Morrill, James W. Bradbury, Jr., (Bowdoin 1861) and others. He edited the Maine Patriot (1830-1831) and was Kennebec County's prosecuting attorney (1834-1838). He served in the U.S. Senate from 1847 to 1853, was a member of the judiciary committee throughout his tenure and chair of a select committee on French spoliations (1852). He declined a second term, preferring to return to private practice.

Appointed corresponding secretary of the Maine Historical Society, he became its president in 1874 and served in that office until 1890. He also served as Bowdoin Overseer (1850-1860) and Trustee (1860-1901).

Bradbury married Eliza A. Smith of Augusta in 1834; they had four sons.

Scope and Content:
Correspondence (1836-1890) makes up the bulk of the collection. Also included are accounts and other financial records (1854-1891); documents, drafts and other material relating to Bradbury's law firm's business (1817-1885); and documents, broadsides, notes, newsclippings, obituaries, and other miscellaneous personal records (1847-1890).

Cite as: James Ware Bradbury Papers, George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library

Access Restrictions: None.

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