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Stephen Row Bradley

February 20, 1754
December 9, 1830
Home Town:
Wallingford, CT
Later Residences:
Westminster, VT
Walpole, NH
Merab Atwater Bradley (May 16, 1780)
Thankful Taylor Bradley (April 12, 1789)
Belinda Willard Bradley (September 18, 1803)
Biographical Notes:
Stephen Row Bradley was born in Wallingford, Connecticut. His parents were Moses and Mary Bradley, members of prominent New England families who had arrived from England in the 17th century. Bradley spent his childhood in Wallingford and was prepared for college by Reverend John Foot. He attended Yale and graduated in 1775. While at Yale in 1774, he published an almanac for 1775. Aside form the standard almanac, it also contained a poem and an index of herbal remedies. Bradley taught school after his graduation while also attending the Litchfield Law School.

When the Revolutionary War began, Bradley embarked on a military career. In 1776, he commanded a brief term company of Cheshire volunteers who served with distinction, and worked briefly as an adjutant and a quartermaster before ...

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Graduated from Yale College in 1775.

Profession / Service
Military; Educator; Lawyer; Political Office
Admitted To Bar:
Vermont in 1779
Political Party:
Democratic Republican
Federal Posts:
U.S. Senator (VT) 1791-1795, 1801-1813
Federal Committees:
President Pro Tempore of the U.S. Senate from 1801-1802 and from 1807-1808.
State Posts:
State's Attorney for Cumberland County (VT) 1780
Justice of the Supreme Court (VT)
State Representative (VT) 1780-1790
State Committees:
Speaker of the State House of Representatives in 1785. Represented the state of Vermont before the U.S. Continental Congress to appeal for statehood in 1779.
Local Posts:
Judge (Windham County, VT) 1783

help The Citation of Attendance provides primary source documentation of the student’s attendance at the Litchfield Female Academy and/or the Litchfield Law School. If a citation is absent, the student is thought to have attended but currently lacks primary source confirmation.

Records for the schools were sporadic, especially in the formative years of both institutions. If instructors kept comprehensive records for the Litchfield Female Academy or the Litchfield Law School, they do not survive. Researchers and staff have identified students through letters, diaries, family histories and genealogies, and town histories as well as catalogues of students printed in various years. Art and needlework have provided further identification of Female Academy Students, and Litchfield County Bar records document a number of Law School students. The history of both schools and the identification of the students who attended them owe credit to the early 20th century research and documentation efforts of Emily Noyes Vanderpoel and Samuel Fisher, and the late 20th century research and documentation efforts of Lynne Templeton Brickley and the Litchfield Historical Society staff.
[We are currently working to update and confirm citations of attendance.]
Secondary Sources:
Dexter, Franklin Bowditch. Biographical Sketches of the Graduates of Yale College with Annals of College History, Vol. 3. New York: Henery Holt and Company, 1903.

Hall, Benjamin H. History of Eastern Vermont. New York: D. Appleton and Co., 1858.

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