Bradford Torrey was born in Weymouth, Massachusetts on October 9, 1843. He was educated in the public schools of Weymouth, taught for two years, and subsequently engaged in business in Boston. In 1886, he became an assistant editor of the Youth's Companion. He was also a frequent contributor to periodicals.
Torrey devoted much time to the study of birds, their habits, peculiarities, and domestic traits. He died in Santa Barbara, California.
Published Ornithological Works
- Birds in the Bush (1885)
- Spring Notes from Tennessee (1896)
- A World of Green Hills (1898)
- Every-Day Birds (1901)
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Wilson, James Grant; Fiske, John, eds. (1889). "Torrey, Bradford". Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography. New York: D. Appleton.
- O'Donnell, Kevin E. (2008). "Bradford Torrey". In Daniel Patterson; et al. Early American Nature Writers. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press.