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Frederick Gordon Bradley, Sr
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Birth: Mar. 21, 1888
Saint-John's
Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
Death: Mar. 30, 1966
Bonavista
Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

Frederick Gordon Bradley was born in St. John's on March 21, 1888. He was the son of Evangeline Trimm and Norman N. Bradley. After completing his grade school education at the Methodist College in St. John's in 1906, he spent three years as principal of the Methodist School in Bonavista.

In 1909, he returned to St. John's where he read law before enrolling in Dalhousie University. He graduated with a bachelor of laws degree in 1914, and returned to St. John's where he practised with Sir Alfred Morine before establishing his own practice in 1922.

Bradley began a distinguished career in politics when he was elected to the House of Assembly as the member for Port de Grave in 1924. He was a supporter of Prime Minister Walter Monroe and was appointed to his cabinet as a minister without portfolio. He soon defected and was one of five members to cross the floor in May 1926.

Bradley joined the Liberal party and supported the comeback of former Prime Minister Richard Squires in the 1928 general election. In 1929 he was appointed Solicitor General but then there was a riot at the Colonial Building, which brought about the defeat of Squires administration.

Bradley was one of only two Liberals re-elected and became Leader of the Opposition. He fought and voted against the end of Responsible Government and the institution of a dictatorial Commission of Government in 1934.

In 1935, Bradley a magistrate but resigned in 1939. Bradley was living at Bonavista when the British Government announced that a National Convention would be convened. Bradley was nominated for Bonavista South and had no trouble defeating his only rival, Edward Cook, 1,039 votes to 490. At the National Convention, Bradley quickly became identified as a supporter of Confederation with Canada. This article is about a legislative body and constitutional convention during the French Revolution.

Bradley was elected chair of the National Convention after the sudden death of its first chair, Justice Cyril Fox in late 1946. He also chaired the Ottawa Delegation in 1947. When Confederation was rejected by the National Convention, Bradley went on radio to denounce the "29 dictators" who had voted against giving Newfoundlanders that choice and urged his listeners to send telegrams demanding that it be placed on the ballot. He became president of the Newfoundland Confederate Association, and Smallwood became its campaign manager. Together they led the fight to have Confederation included on the referendum ballot, a decision eventually made by the British Government.Confederation received a majority in the second referendum held on July 22, 1948 and Newfoundland became a province of Canada.

Bradley was a member of both Ottawa Delegations amd signed the Terms of Union between Newfoundland and Canada on Dec. 11, 1948. He represented Newfoundland at the official ceremonies held in Ottawa on April 1, 1949 and was sworn into the cabinet of Prime Minister Louis St. Laurent as Secretary of State. He was elected to the House of Commons as member for Bonavista-Twillingate on June 27 and served until 1953 when he was appointed to The Canadian Senate. Louis Stephen St.

Gordon Bradley married Ethel Louise Roper on June 22, 1923 and they had two sons, John and Gordon. Bradley was a life-long member of the Freemasons and the Orange Lodge, and he died at Bonavista on March 30, 1966. 
 
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 Spouse:
  Ethel Louise Roper Bradley (1890 - 1971)
 
 Children:
  John R. Bradley (1924 - 2008)*
  Frederick Gordon Bradley (1930 - 2008)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
United Church Cemetery
Bonavista
Bonavista-Trinity Census Division
Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
 
Created by: M S Joshua
Record added: Dec 27, 2012
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Frederick Gordon Bradley, Sr
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