James W. Bradbury

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James W. Bradbury
James Ware Bradbury c1850.jpg
United States Senator
from Maine
In office
March 4, 1847 – March 3, 1853
Preceded by George Evans
Succeeded by William P. Fessenden
Personal details
Born June 10, 1802
Parsonsfield, Maine
Died January 6, 1901(1901-01-06) (aged 98)
Augusta, Maine
Political party Democratic
Alma mater Bowdoin College
Profession Law

James Ware Bradbury (June 10, 1802 – January 6, 1901) was a United States Senator from Maine.

Born in Parsonsfield, Maine, he attended the common schools and Gorham Academy. After graduating from Bowdoin College in 1825, he became principal of Hallowell Academy and founder of the first normal school in New England, at Effingham, New Hampshire, in 1829.

He then studied law, was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Augusta, Maine, in 1830. There he was for a time editor of the Maine Patriot, and was prosecuting attorney for the county from 1834 until 1838. He was a member of the Baltimore convention of 1844, which nominated James K. Polk for the presidency.

He was elected in 1846[1] as a Democrat to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1847, until March 3, 1853, when he declined to be a candidate for reelection (returning, at the close of his term, to the practice of his profession). While in the Senate he chaired the U.S. Senate Committee on Printing and the U.S. Senate Committee on Retrenchment. He was chairman of a select committee on French spoilations.

He served as a trustee of Bowdoin College in 1861 and was corresponding secretary of the Maine Historical Society and then president of that body from 1867 to 1887.



United States Senate
Preceded by
George Evans
U.S. Senator (Class 2) from Maine
March 4, 1847 – March 3, 1853
Served alongside: John Fairfield, Wyman B. S. Moor, Hannibal Hamlin
Succeeded by
William P. Fessenden
Honorary titles
Preceded by
David Meriwether
Oldest living U.S. Senator
April 4, 1893 – January 6, 1901
Succeeded by
Daniel T. Jewett
Preceded by
Simon Cameron
Most Senior Living U.S. Senator
(Sitting or Former)

with Alpheus Felch until 1896

June 26, 1889 – January 6, 1901
Succeeded by
John Henderson