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Bradford, Philander Drury

Age: 0, credited to Northfield, VT
Unit(s): 5th VT INF
Service: comn SURG, 5th VT INF, 12/3/62 (12/3/62), resgd 3/1/63

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Birth: 04/09/1811, Randolph, VT
Death: 07/16/1892

Burial: Elmwood Cemetery, Northfield, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Kathy Valloch
Findagrave Memorial #: 60202429
Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Unknown
Portrait?: VHS off-site
College?: WMS 34, UVM 50, NU 82
Veterans Home?: Not Found
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Remarks: None

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Philander D. Bradford, son of John and Lucy (Brooks) Bradford, was born in Randolph, Vt., April 11, 1811 and died in Northfield, Vt., July 16, 1892. In 1815, upon the death of his mother, he went to live with relatives in Alstead, N. H., and in 1826, he returned to Randolph, Vt., where he attended the f among Orange County Grammar School at the Center. He studied medicine with his brother Dr. Austin Bradford of Randolph, 1831-32; graduated M. D., from the Vermont Medical College, Woodstock, in 1834; received the degree of A. M. from the University of Vermont in 1850, and the same degree from "N.U.,"in 1882.

He began the practice of his profession in Braintree, Vt., in 1834, and subsequently practiced in Randolph and Bethel. In 1854, he located in Northfield, Vt., where he made his home until his death. He continued his practice in Northfield until 1890. He was professor of Physiology and Pathology at the Castleton, Vt., Medical College, 1857-62. He served as surgeon of the 5th Vermont Infantry, December 3, 1862 until March 1, 1863, when he resigned.

He was at first a "Free Soiler" in politics and later a Republican and held many offices; represented Randolph in the House of Representatives in 1853-54; State senator in 1862 and 1863; served as commissioner of insane in 1854 and 1855.

He took an active interest in the University, serving as trustee from 1867 until his death. He was a member of the committee, which secured the location of the University in Northfield and was especially active in the interests of the Institution during the dark days of 1880-84; was professor of the natural Sciences at "N. U.," 1866-70; Physiology, 1866-74; 1883-89; Anatomy, 1883-89, Histology, 1870-74. He was lecturer on Natural History, 1874-83, Physiology, 1874-80; Natural Sciences, 1866-70; surgeon, 1870-89; librarian, 1870-75.

He was a member of the Episcopal Church; DeWitt Clinton Lodge, F. and A. M.; I. O. O. F., serving as Grand Master in 1860; and a member of the Right Worthy Grand Lodge of the United States during 1875-76; was prominent in the Sons of Temperance of Vermont, serving as its chief officer in 1861. He was a member of the Vermont Medical Society, serving as its president in 1863.

He was twice married: first, in 1835 to Susan H. Edson of Randolph, who died October 15, 1865. One child: Ellen Eliza, married George W. Soper, (q. v.) of Northfield, died April 12, 1889. He was again married in May, 1867, to Olive Moore of Sharon, who died August 5, 1890; no children.

Ellis, 3:77

Surgeon Philander Bradford

Hon. PHILANDER D. BRADFORD Was born in Randolph, Vt., April 11, 1811

His father, John Bradford, was a native of Kingston, Mass., born December 26, 1765. In early life he removed to Alsted, N.H., where he married Miss Lucy Brooks, January 9, 1799. Subsequently, he came to Randolph, where he resided until his death, which occurred November 19, 1814. Four years later, upon the death of Mrs. Lucy Brooks Bradford, Philander D., the youngest of six children, went to Alstead, N. H., to live with relatives of his mother. At the age of fifteen, he returned to Randolph and entered the Orange County Grammar School, where he received his education preparatory to the study of the medical profession. At twenty he commenced the study of medicine with his brother, Dr. Austin Bradford, and at the age of twenty-three graduated at the Woodstock Medical School, then a branch of Middlebury College, and in 1850 received the degree of A. M. from the University of Vermont . He practiced his profession in Braintree, Randolph, and Bethel, until 1854 when he removed to Northfield, where he has since resided, having proved a very skillful practitioner.

In 1853 and 1854 Dr. Bradford was elected to the State Legislature by the Free-Soil party of Randolph and was a prominent member of that party when in its infancy. And when others forsook their free principles and joined those who elected Robinson and Kidder, Governor and Lieutenant-Governor, Dr. Bradford remained true to his convictions and labored zealously for the cause of human freedom. In 1854 he was elected Commissioner of In-sane, and re-elected in 1855, In 1857 he was elected Professor of Physiology and Pathology in Castleton Medical College and continued with the same until its suspension in 1862. In December 1862, he was commissioned by Governor Holbrook, Surgeon of the 5th Regiment Vermont Volunteers, but was compelled by ill-health to resign his commission in March following. In 1862 and 1863 he was elected a member of the Vermont Senate, also President of the Vermont Medical Society in 1863. In 1860 he was elected Grand Master of the Grand Lodge, I.O.O.F., of Vermont, and in 1861 was at the head of the Grand Division of the Sons of Temperance of Vermont. He was elected Trustee, also Professor of Physiology, in Norwich University in 1867; and was a member of the Right Worthy Grand Lodge of the United States, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, in 1875-76. He early threw the weight of his influence into the scale of temperance - is a worthy "Good Templar," and foremost in everything that promises blessings on our race. He is a capitol presiding officer, and by his good humor and happy adaptation to circumstances makes even a crowded assembly orderly and attentive. Dr. Bradford was married to Miss Susan H. Edson, daughter of John Edson, M.D., of Randolph, in 1835, by whom he had one daughter, Miss Ellen E., now the wife of George W. Soper, Esq., of Northfield, who is a very efficient Postal Agent in the service of our government, over the Central Vermont railroad.

Mrs. Susan H. Bradford died October 15, 1865, and in May, 1867, the Doctor married Mrs. O. W. Moore, widow of the late Hiram Moore, Esq., of Sharon, Vt.

To Dr. Bradford are we indebted for bringing forward and pressing to a vote the publication of this history of Northfield.

John Gregory, Northfield's First Century: Centennial Proceedings and Historical Incidents Of the Early Settlers of Northfield, VT., with Biographical Sketches of Prominent Businessmen Who have been and are now residents of the town, (Argus and Patriot Book and Job Printing House, Montpelier, Vt., 1878), p. 175-177.

Contributed by Peter Flood


Another Physician Dead

Dr. Philander D. Bradford died at Northfield on Saturday evening, after a long illness. He was born in Randolph on April 11, 1811, and in 1833 graduated from Woodstock Medical College, receiving the degree of A.M. in 1850 from the University of Vermont. He has resided in Northfield since 1854 and was well known and well liked. During the war he was surgeon of the 5th Vt. Vols., in 1862-3 a member of the senate, and in 1863 president of the Vermont Medical Society.

St Johnsbury Caledonian, July 21, 1892

Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.