BRADLEY, Stephen Row, (1754 - 1830)

Senate Years of Service: 1791-1795; 1801-1813
Party: Anti-Administration; Democratic Republican

BRADLEY, Stephen Row, (father of William Czar Bradley), a Senator from Vermont; born in Wallingford, Conn., February 20, 1754; graduated from Yale College in 1775; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1779 and commenced practice in Westminster, Vt.; captain of a volunteer company during the Revolutionary War; State’s attorney for Cumberland County 1780; register of probate for Westminster 1782; appointed judge of Windham County 1783; member, State house of representatives 1785, serving as speaker; appointed associate judge of the superior court of Vermont 1788; member of the city council of Westminster 1798; upon the admission of Vermont as a State into the Union was elected as an Anti-Administration to the United States Senate and served from October 17, 1791, to March 3, 1795; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1795; again elected to the United States Senate, as a Democratic Republican, in 1801 to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Elijah Paine; reelected in 1807, and served from October 15, 1801, to March 3, 1813; served as President pro tempore of the Senate during the Seventh and Tenth Congresses; retired from public life and returned to Westminster; moved to Walpole, N.H., in 1818 and died there December 9, 1830; interment in the Old Cemetery, Westminster, Vt.


Bibliography

American National Biography; Dictionary of American Biography; Bradley, Stephen Row. Vermont’s Appeal to the Candid and Impartial World. Hartford: Hudson Goodwin, 1780; Carpenter, Dorr Bradley, ed., Stephen R. Bradley: Letters of a Revolutionary War Patriot and Vermont Senator. Jefferson, N. Carolina: McFarland & Company, Inc., 2009.