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Thomas Wilson Bradley
Thomas W. Bradley, Medal of Honor Recipient, Member of Congress from New York, 1908.
Born (1844-04-06)April 6, 1844
Died May 30, 1920(1920-05-30) (aged 76)
Place of birth Yorkshire, England
Place of death Walden, New York
Place of burial Wallkill Valley Cemetery Walden, New York
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch USA Army
Years of service 1862 - 1865
Rank Captain
Brevet Major
Unit 124th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment
Battles/wars American Civil War
Battle of Chancellorsville
Awards Medal of Honor
Other work Politician, businessman and banker

Thomas Wilson Bradley (April 6, 1844 – May 30, 1920) was a United States Representative from New York and a recipient of the United States military's highest decoration, the Medal of Honor.

Biography[edit | edit source]

Born in Yorkshire, England, Bradley immigrated to the United States in 1846 with his parents, who settled in Walden, New York. He attended school until nine years of age.

Bradley enlisted in the Army from Walden, New York in August 1862. He received the Medal of Honor for actions on May 3, 1863 at the Battle of Chancellorsville. His official citation reads: "Volunteered in response to a call and alone, in the face of a heavy fire of musketry and canister, went and procured ammunition for the use of his comrades." His medal was not awarded until several decades later, on June 10, 1896. After the Battle of Chancellorsville, he was promoted to captain and became the aide-de-camp to Major General Gershom Mott, 3rd Division, II Corps. He was later promoted to Captain, and received a brevet promotion to Major of Volunteers. He was mustered out with his regiment in June 1865.[1]

Bradley was a member of the New York State Assembly (Orange Co., 1st D.) in 1876; and a delegate to the 1892, 1896 and 1900 Republican National Conventions.

Bradley was elected as a Republican to the 58th, 59th, 60th, 61st and 62nd United States Congresss, holding office from March 4, 1903, to March 3, 1913.

He engaged in banking and served as president and treasurer of the New York Knife Company.

Bradley died in Walden, New York, at age 76 and was interred there in Wallkill Valley Cemetery.

Medal of Honor citation[edit | edit source]

Rank and organization: Sergeant, Company H, 124th New York Infantry. Place and date: At Chancellorsville, Va., May 3, 1863. Entered service at: Walden, N.Y. Born: April 6, 1844, England. Date of issue: June 10, 1896. Citation:

Volunteered in response to a call and alone, in the face of a heavy fire of musketry and canister, went and procured ammunition for the use of his comrades.[2]

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 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website http://bioguide.congress.gov.

  • Thomas W. Bradley at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress Retrieved on 2007-11-07

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
George N. Southwick
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 20th congressional district

Succeeded by
Francis Burton Harrison

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