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William Bradford

Born: Sep 14, 1755

Death: Aug 23, 1795

Birthplace: Philadelphia

Nationality: United States

William Bradford

Date of Birth : Sep 14, 1755
Date of Death : Aug 23, 1795
Birth Place : Philadelphia

William Bradford was a lawyer and judge from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and the second United States Attorney General in 1794–1795. He was the son of the printer William Bradford and was born in Philadelphia. He began his education at the Academy of Philadelphia, then attended Princeton University where he formed a lifelong friendship with Virginian James Madison, before graduating in 1772. When he returned to Philadelphia he read law with Edward Shippen. His progress was delayed by the American Revolutionary War. In 1776, when the Pennsylvania militia was called out, William volunteered as a private. Later that year, the militia was organized into a "flying camp" with Daniel Roberdeau as the first brigadier general in the states forces. General Roberdeau chose the young man as an aide, and later promoted him to brigade major on his headquarters staff. When his militia term expired, he joined the Continental Army as a captain and company commander in the 11th Pennsylvania Regiment commanded by Richard Hampton. By the end of the year, he saw action in the Battle of Trenton.

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