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Preston E. Bradley
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Birth: Dec. 13, 1894
Charlottesville City
Virginia, USA
Death: Feb. 21, 1921
District of Columbia
District Of Columbia, USA

Officer Preston E. Bradley was a member of the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, DC.

Date of Death: February 21, 1921
Rank: Officer Peston was initially appointed to the department on May 21, 1917, and resigned on May 1, 1918. He was reappointed to the department on July 16, 1919.
Age: 27
Marital Status: Married
Location of Death: 7th and O Streets, NW

Circumstance: On February 20, 1921, at 11:15 pm, Officers Bradley, of 416 F Street NE, and Frayne were directing traffic at 7th and M Streets, NW when they observed a vehicle, being driven by Mr. Norman O. Houghton, coming towards them. The vehicle was weaving back and forth. When they attempted to stop the vehicle, the vehicle would not stop. Both officers jumped onto the running boards of the vehicle, one officer on each side. The vehicle accelerated to the intersection of 7th and O Streets, NW where it struck a street car, causing Officer Bradley to be crushed between the two vehicles. Both suspects were arrested on the scene Officer Bradley suffered two broken legs and died from internal injuries.

Officer Bradley was survived by his extended family of the home at 644 B Street, Washington, DC. They included, his Father-in-Law, Henry Hoffman, 68 years old; his Mother-in-Law, Laura, 59 years old; his Brother-in-Law, Edward, 26 years old; his Sister-in-Law, Mary 22 years old and his wife, Gertrude, 28 years old.

On October 3, 1921, Mr. Houghton was indicted for Manslaughter.

Mrs. Preston Bradley was granted a widows pension of $35.00 per month for life.

The 1920 Census reveals:

Household Gender Age Birthplace

Preston E Bradley M 26y Virginia
wife Gertrude Bradley F 27y District of Columbia
Grant Hoffman M 1m District of Columbia
son John H Hoffman M 34y District of Columbia
William Hoffman M 12y District of Columbia
William Bailey M 63y District of Columbia
Kate Philips F 27y Virginia
Agnes Curtin F 35y District of Columbia
Fred Muir M 33y District of Columbia

The 1930 Census reveals:

Household Gender Age Birthplace

head Gertrude Bradley F 33 District of Columbia
son Joseph Welsh M 7 Virginia
mother Lena Hoffman F 68 District of Columbia
boarder August Hageman M 52 District of Columbia
boarder John W Tawes M 33 Maryland

Family links: 
  Gertrude M. Hoffman Bradley (1892 - ____)
Congressional Cemetery
District of Columbia
District Of Columbia, USA
Plot: R81/59
Created by: John Rentz
Record added: Mar 31, 2006
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Preston E. Bradley
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Preston E. Bradley
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Preston E. Bradley
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- John Rentz
 Added: Mar. 5, 2016
Officer Bradley, may you rest in peace.
- Andie Parrish
 Added: Jul. 2, 2009

- carol register bradley
 Added: Dec. 8, 2007
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