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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 com-menced 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 sus- pension 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.