Bradley was born on May 9, 1852 in New Canaan, Connecticut. His debutante daughter Julia Bradley had her coming out party in 1894. She married Bishop Herbert Shipman. In 1923, he dismantled his home and reassembled it in Newport, Rhode Island. It is currently known as Carey Mansion. His wife Julie died shortly after construction was completed in 1929.
- "Bishop Shipman Dies Suddenly In Home.". New York Times. March 24, 1930. Retrieved 2010-09-06. "The Right Rev. Herbert Shipman, Suffragan Bishop of the Protestant Episcopal Diocese of New York, died yesterday of heart disease ..."
- "Mrs. Edson Bradley Dies At Newport. She Succumbs at 76 after Illness of More Than a Year. Former Julia Williams. She Was Art Connoisseur. Her Home in Washington Was Noted for Porcelains, Tapestries and Statues. Burial to Be Here. Was Lavish in Entertaining. Was Presented at Court". New York Times. August 23, 1929. Retrieved 2010-09-06. "Julia Williams Bradley, wife of Edson Bradley of ... Washington and long a Summer resident of this city, died this morning at her home here, ..."
- "Edson Bradley, 83, Died in London. Art Collector Stricken With Pneumonia on Annual European Visit". New York Times. June 21, 1935. Retrieved 2010-09-06.
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