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William Czar Bradley


Mary Rogers Cabot, Annals of Brattleboro, 1681-1895 529
(Brattleboro, Vermont: Press of E.E. Hildreth & Co., 1921)(vol. 1)

William Czar Bradley was born in Westminster, Vermont on March 23, 1782. He received his early education in the schools of Cheshire, Connecticut and Charlestown, New Hampshire. He attended, for a short time, Yale College, then went on to study law. He was admitted to the bar in 1802 and began his legal practice in Westminster. He served as prosecuting attorney for Windham County from 1804-1811; he also served as a member of the State house of representatives and was elected to Congress in 1813. He resumed the practice of law and ran unsuccessfully several times for Governor. He retired from the practice of law in 1858. He died in Westminster, Windham County, Vermont on March 3, 1867; interment in the Old Cemetery. [Source: William Czar Bradley, Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress]

Bradley was reputedly writing poety at age six and published his first book, "The Rights of Youth," at age twelve. He entered Yale College at age thireteen and was expelled "for some supposed misconduct." "He studied law under Judge Simeon Strong at Amherst, Mass., and later with his own father at Westminster, Vt., being admitted to the bar at twenty. He was States Attorney for Windham County, 1802-9; Town Representative for Westminster, 1806-7; elected Representative to Congress at thirty-two, and again in 1823, serving till 1827, again represented his town in the Legislature, 1850; and was agent for the Untied States in fixing the northeastern boundary, 1815-20. . . . Mr. Bardley wrote considerable verse that was never published." [Walter John Coates & Frederick Tupper (eds.), Vermont Verse: An Anthology 227 (Brattleboro: Stephen Daye Press, MCMXXI)] [Bradley's son, Jonathan Dorr Bradley was also a lawyer and a poet.]

William Czar Bradley
Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

William Czar Bradley
The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography

William C. Bradley
Albert J. Sanborn, Green Mountain Poets (1881)

Poems in Anthologies

William Czar Bradley, "Verses in a Watch," in John Walter Coates & Frederick Tucker (eds.), Vermont Verse: An Anthology 32 (Brattleboro, Vermont: Stephen Daye Press, 1932)

________________, "A Ballad of Judgment and Mercy," in A.J. Sanborn (ed.), Green Mountain Poets 158-160 (Claremont, New Hampshire: Claremont Manufacturing Co., 1872)

Bibliographical Profiles

"William Czar Bradley," in John J. Duffy, Samuel B. Hand & Ralph H. Orth, The Vermont Encyclopedia 61 (University Press of New England, 2003)

"Honorable William Czar Bradley," in Mary Rogers Cabot, Annals of Brattleboro, 1681-1895 528-536 (Brattleboro, Vermont: Press of E.E. Hildreth & Co., 1921)(vol. 1)

Research Resources

Bradley Family Papers
Radcliff College