Edward Green Bradford

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Edward Green Bradford (July 17, 1819 – January 16, 1884) was a Delaware politician and United States district court judge.

Born in Cecil County, Maryland, Bradford graduated from Delaware College in 1839 and read law to enter the bar in 1842. He was a deputy state attorney general, Dover, Delaware from 1842–1850, and a city solicitor for Wilmington. In 1849, he was elected to the Delaware House of Representatives, returning to private practice in Wilmington the following year. In 1861, he was named U.S. Attorney for the District of Delaware, a post that he held until 1866.

He was nominated by President Ulysses Grant on December 11, 1871, to a seat on the United States District Court for the District of Delaware vacated by Willard Hall. The following day, Bradford was confirmed by the United States Senate and received his commission. He served on the court until his death, in Wilmington, Delaware.

He married Mary Alicia Heyward (1820-1848), the grand-daughter of Thomas Heyward, Jr, a signer of the declaration of independence for South Carolina. Their son, Edward Green Bradford II, also became both a Delaware State Representative and federal district court judge.

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Preceded by
Willard Hall
Judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware
December 12, 1871 – January 16, 1884
Succeeded by
Leonard Eugene Wales