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 Wiscasset, Maine. After moving to Boston he served from 1812 to 1824 as secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. 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]

He was a descendent of William Bradford (Plymouth Colony governor) (c.1590-1647).[3]

Alden Bradford built (or arranged to have built) the Bradford House, built 1794, a historic house in Wiscasset Historic District.[3]


  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).
  3. ^ a b Wolcott Andrews (1972). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Wiscasset Historic District / "Wiscasset Point"" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 2016-07-15.  with 12 photos from 1972
Political offices
Preceded by
Benjamin Homans
5th Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth
Succeeded by
Edward D. Bangs