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James Ware Bradbury Papers M016

Title:
James Ware Bradbury papers
Creator:
Bradbury, James Ware, 1802-1901
ID:
M016
Date [inclusive]:
1817-1891, undated
Extent:
2.0 linear feet
Language:
English
Repository:
George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011
Abstract:
Includes correspondence (1836-1890); accounts and other financial records (1854-1891); documents, drafts and other material relating to Bradbury's law firm's business (1817-1885).
Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Preferred Citation:

James Ware Bradbury Papers, George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine

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.

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).

Series Description:

This series contains professional and family correspondence. Of note are a few letters to or from James G. Blaine, Samuel Cony, John A. Dix, Millard Fillmore, William P. Frye, William DeWitt Hyde, Andrew Johnson, William P. Preble, and Samuel Wells; the most extensive exchanges were with Bangor, Maine, lawyer Lewis Barker and resident Mark Barker, Saco, Maine, lawyer George A. Emery, Captain John W. Gregorie of South Carolina, John W. Hodgdon of Dubuque, Iowa, and Portland, Maine, lawyer George E.B. Jackson. Also includes an invitation from President Millard Fillmore dated December 7, 1850.

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically; a small portion at the end is arranged alphabetically.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

1836-1890

Box 1 Folder 1-129

n.d.

Box 1 Folder 130-134

Fragments

Box 1 Folder 135-136

Series Description:

Contains financial records and documents related to Bradbury's law practice. Material includes a lease, a bond, a summons, deeds, memoranda, account information, insurance, promissory notes, receipts, and tax information.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Accounts

Box 2 Folder 1-5

Bonds

Box 1 Folder 6

Insurance

Box 2 Folder 7

Lease

Box 2 Folder 8

Miscellaneous

Box 2 Folder 9

Notes and memoranda

Box 2 Folder 10-11

Paper re: case Lint v. Smith

Box 2 Folder 12

Promissory notes

Box 2 Folder 13

Quit claim deeds

Box 2 Folder 14

Receipts

Box 2 Folder 15-16

Summons

Box 2 Folder 17

Tax

Box 2 Folder 18

Series Description:

Personal documents relating to state appointments, real estate transactions, Bradbury's law partnership, deeds, and taxes.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Appointments

Box 2 Folder 19

Misc. notes and documents

Box 2 Folder 20-23

Notes and correspondence

Box 2 Folder 24

Taxes and Deeds

Box 2 Folder 25

Series Description:

Bowdoin catalogue from 1851 (with James C. Bradbury listed as an instructor and Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain listed as a junior sophister). College bills, a ticket of merit, clippings, school registers, obituaries, court-related documents, and documents related to Bangor Theological Seminary.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Bangor Theological Seminary

Box 2 Folder 26

Bowdoin catalogue

Box 2 Folder 27

Bowdoin material misc.

Box 2 Folder 28

Clippings

Box 2 Folder 29

Obituaries, etc.

Box 2 Folder 30

Printed material

Box 2 Folder 31

School registers

Box 2 Folder 32-34
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