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William Bradford
Birth: Sep. 14, 1755
Philadelphia County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Aug. 23, 1795
District of Columbia
District Of Columbia, USA

Revolutionary War Continental Army Officer, Presidential Cabinet Secretary. The son of Philadelphia publisher William Bradford, he earned his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey. In 1776, he entered the Pennsylvania Militia as a private. He later joined the Continental Army in which he became a Colonel. He served as Pennsylvania's Attorney General from 1780 to 1791, and sat on the Commonwealth's Supreme Court from 1791 to 1794. Bradford supported Benjamin Rush and the Pennsylvania Prison Society in limiting the death penalty. As a result of Bradford's essay, "An Inquiry How Far the Punishment of Death is Necessary in Pennsylvania," the Pennsylvania legislature in 1794 abolished capital punishment for all crimes except premeditated murder. President George Washington appointed him as second Attorney General of the United States; he served from 1794 to 1795. (bio by: rjschatz) 
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  William Bradford (1719 - 1791)
  Susan Vergereau Boudinot Bradford (1764 - 1854)*
  Thomas Bradford (1745 - 1838)*
  William Bradford (1755 - 1795)
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Saint Marys Episcopal Churchyard
Burlington County
New Jersey, USA
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- Heavenly Realm
 Added: Sep. 14, 2016
Thank you, sir for your military and public service to our country during our American Revolution. May you rest in peace, sir.
- Daniel Moran
 Added: Aug. 23, 2016
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- Jonathan Robert De Mallie, Historian
 Added: Oct. 14, 2015
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