Alden Bradford

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Alden Bradford
5th Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth[1]
In office
1812[1] – 1824
Preceded by Benjamin Homans
Succeeded by Edward D. Bangs
Personal details
Born (1765-11-17)17 November 1765
Died 26 October 1843(1843-10-26) (aged 77)[1]
Boston, Massachusetts[1]
Alma mater Harvard College, 1786[1]

Alden Bradford (17 November 1765 – 26 October 1843) was an American politician, clergyman and author who served as the 5th Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth. Born in Duxbury, Massachusetts, he graduated from Harvard in 1786 and received a degree of LL.D. there. He was then ordained as a Congregational church pastor, serving in Wicasset, Maine. After moving to Boston he served from 1812 to 1824 as secretary of the commonwealth. At times a bookseller and journalist, his works included a History of Massachusetts and Memoir of the Life and Writings of Rev. Jonathan Mayhew.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d e Christian Examiner and General Review (January 1844), The Late Alden Bradford, Esq., Boston, MA: James Munroe and Company, p. 375 
  2. ^ Bradford Family History (American Genealogical Research Institute, 1978).
Political offices
Preceded by
Benjamin Homans
5th Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth
Succeeded by
Edward D. Bangs