During the American Revolution, Bradford rose to the rank of colonel before resigning from the army due to poor health (1779).
Attorney general of Pennsylvania (1780-91). Pennsylvania Supreme court justice (1791-94). United States attorney general (1794-95).
Great-grandson of colonial printing pioneer William Bradford, and the son of William Bradford the “patriot-printer of 1776,” both of whom had dealings with Franklin.
Born in Philadelphia. A.B., College of New Jersey (1772). Married Susan Vergereau Boudinot (daughter of Elias Boudinot).