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 William Bradford

William Bradford

Birth
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 23 Aug 1795 (aged 39)
Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA
Burial Burlington, Burlington County, New Jersey, USA
Memorial ID 20980 · View Source
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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.

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  • Added: 28 Mar 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 20980
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Bradford (14 Sep 1755–23 Aug 1795), Find A Grave Memorial no. 20980, citing Saint Marys Episcopal Churchyard, Burlington, Burlington County, New Jersey, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .