Bradford Jr., William

2nd US Attorney General, argued 1st recorded case before the US Supreme Court in 1791

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(1755-1795) Penna. lawyer and jurist, 2nd US Attorney General 1794-95. Son of Philadelphia printer William Bradford, graduated Princeton 1772 where he formed a friendship with James Madison. He read law with Edward Shippen in Philadelphia. 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" under General Daniel Roberdeau who chose Bradford as an aide, later promoting 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 Penna. Regt. and in 1777, promoted to lieut. colonel 1777, and resigned in 1779 due to ill health and returned home. He joined the Pennsylvania bar in Sept. 1779, was named state Attorney General 1780-91. In 1784, he married the only daughter of Elias Boudinot. On Aug. 2, 1791 Bradford represented Gen. William West and argued the 1st recorded case before the US Supreme Court, West v. Barnes, losing the decision. On Aug. 22, 1791, Bradford was appointed to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, and on Jan. 8, 1794, George Washington named him 2nd US Attorney General replacing Edmund Randolph. He died in office in 1795. Bradford County, Penna. named in his honor. ALS, 2pp (1st & 2nd pps of 9 x 7 ˝ folded sheet, with integral address leaf), np, April 7 1790, while Pennsylvania Attorney General, to Jasper Yeates Esquire, Lancaster (Penna.). Bradford discusses the status of a few cases, including Yeates’ suit against (Haym) Salomon’s Administrators and is mortified by the delay in money being paid, noting that the Sheriff has returned a writ and levied the debt, and money promised in the next week. Good legal-related content! Jasper Yeates (1745–1817) Penna. lawyer and judge. Born in Philadelphia to a prominent family, sent to the Inns of Court in England for legal training, then became a resident of Lancaster, Penna. During the Revolution, sided with the Patriot cause. In 1776, he served as a commissioner to investigate Native American affairs in Pittsburgh. After the Revolution, he was a delegate to the Pennsylvania convention that ratified the US Constitution in 1787. Pennsylvania Supreme Court justice 1791 to his death in 1817. A Federalist, he was appointed by the Washington administration in 1794 to serve on a commission sent to negotiate an end to the Whiskey Rebellion. Haym Salomon (1740-1785) Spanish & Portuguese Jew who immigrated to New York from Poland and who became a prime financier of the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. When Salomon died, it was discovered he had been speculating in various currencies and debt instruments. His family sold them at market rates, which had greatly depreciated because of the weakened state of the US economy in the 1780s. Subsequent generations appealed to Congress for more money, but were turned down twice. A myth grew that he had lent the young United States government about $600,000, and at his death about $400,000 had not been repaid. This sum, when added to what he had actually lent to statesmen and others while performing public duties and trusts, is said to total $800,000. That amount in 1785 is equivalent in today's purchasing power to about $40 billion in 2005 US dollars.

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