Frederick Gordon Bradley

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The Honourable
Frederick Gordon Bradley
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Bonavista—Twillingate
In office
Preceded byRiding created
Succeeded byJack Pickersgill
Personal details
Born(1886-03-21)March 21, 1886
St. John's, Newfoundland
DiedMarch 30, 1966(1966-03-30) (aged 80)
Political partyLiberal

Frederick Gordon Bradley, PC QC (March 21, 1886 – March 30, 1966) was a Canadian and Dominion of Newfoundland politician.


Born in St. John's, Newfoundland, he was the son of Norman Bradley and Evangeline Trimm.

Education and employment[edit]

Bradley became the principal of the Methodist School in Bonavista after finishing his education at Methodist College in 1906. Three years later, he studied law at Dalhousie University and was called to the bar in 1915. Later he started his own law practice.


In 1924, he was elected to the House of Assembly representing the electoral district of Port de Grave. A Conservative, he was a Minister without Portfolio in the cabinet of Walter Stanley Monroe until he resigned from the caucus in 1926 to site as an Independent. He was re-elected in 1928 representing the electoral district of Trinity Centre as a Liberal and served as Minister without Portfolio and Solicitor-General in the cabinet of Richard Squires. Re-elected in 1932, as only one of two Liberals, he was the leader of the opposition. An opponent of the creation of the Commission of Government, he returned to his law practice in 1933.

Newfoundland National Convention[edit]

In 1947 Bradley was elected to sit in the Newfoundland National Convention. After the death of Cyril J. Fox he became the chairman.

The London and Ottawa Delegations[edit]

The Newfoundland National Convention dispatched two delegations, one to the United Kingdom (the "London Delegation") and one to Canada (the "Ottawa Delegation").

London Delegation[edit]

The London Delegation was unsuccessful in its attempt to get the promise of continued financial aid if Newfoundland were to resume Responsible Government.

Ottawa Delegation[edit]

The Ottawa Delegation negotiated terms of union for Confederation between Newfoundland and Canada in 1947. Its members (With their districts) were:

The negotiations were largely a one way affair. Any union with Canada was dictated by the British North America Act (BNA), under which Canada had come into being in 1867.


After Confederation with Canada, he was appointed Secretary of State of Canada by Liberal Prime Minister Louis St. Laurent, making him the first Canadian federal cabinet minister from Newfoundland. He was elected to the House of Commons of Canada representing the riding of Bonavista—Twillingate in the 1949 federal election. In 1953, he was appointed to the Senate of Canada representing the senatorial division of Bonavista-Twillingate, Newfoundland and Labrador. He died in office in 1966.


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