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Thomas Leonard Bradford
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Birth: Feb. 13, 1869
Port Hudson
East Baton Rouge Parish
Louisiana, USA
Death: Aug. 22, 1932
Dallas County
Texas, USA

Mayor of Dallas 1931-1932
Son of Rev. Harrison Bradford and Elizabeth Shelmire

Flag at Half-Mast As Salute to Mayor
All City Grieves Sudden Passing of Bradford, With Deepest Note of All Among Associates

While all Dallas grieved Tuesday over the sudden death of Mayor Tom L. Bradford, who succumbed to a heart attack the night before, the saddest note of all was observed at city hall throughout the day. The Mayor's death came as a shock to the men and women who had worked with him for a year and a half in establishing the council-manager form of government.

In a brief session Tuesday, the Park Board adopted resolutions declaring Mayor Bradford to have been one of Dallas' most useful and beloved citizens, praising him both for his private and public philanthropies and his more recent unselfish service as Councilman and Mayor.
(See more in Dallas Morning News 24 Aug 1932, pages 1, 10)

Mayor Bradford is best known in philanthropical way for his gift to Dallas of Bradford Memorial Hospital for Babies, erected as a memorial to his first wife, Maidie Terry Bradford and his daughter, Elizabeth Bradford May. The modern hospital, exclusively for babies, was opened about Jan. 1, 1930, its motto being, "The conservation of infant life and education of mothers in infant welfare."

His gift of the Bradford Memorial Hospital to the city is by no means the only way in which T. L. Bradford had assisted others.

Mr. Bradford was born and reared in Port Hudson, La. After graduating from the old Centenary College at Jackson, La., and a business course in Lexington, Ky., he came to Dallas in 1887. Mr. Bradford went into the grocery business in Oak Cliff in 1888. This business had been expanded to a half dozen stores by 1912. he went into the Southwestern Life Insurance Company, taking over the financial end of the business, in 1912, retaining his interest in the grocery business for a time, then selling it.

When the council-manager form of city government was adopted here on Oct. 10, 1930, and Mr. Bradford was elected along with eight other men to compose the first council under the new form of government, he was elected Mayor by the other councilmen.
(See more in Dallas Morning News 23 Aug 1932, pages 10)

Family links: 
  Harrison Bradford (1848 - 1940)
  Lizzie Shelmire Bradford (1847 - 1898)
  Maidie Terry Bradford (1873 - 1926)
  Adelaide Mary Keating Samuell (1889 - 1977)*
  Thomas Leonard Bradford (1893 - 1974)*
  Hannah Bradford (1860 - 1936)*
  Thomas Leonard Bradford (1869 - 1932)
  Harrison Custis Bradford (1870 - 1928)*
  Minnie Bradford Kelly (1874 - 1958)*
  Josephine Austin Bradford Lucas (1879 - 1972)*
*Calculated relationship
Grove Hill Memorial Park
Dallas County
Texas, USA
Created by: Barbara Ware
Record added: Feb 09, 2009
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Thomas Leonard Bradford
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Thomas Leonard Bradford
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Thomas Leonard Bradford
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