Bradford, William (1722-1791)

Printer and patriot.

Became a partner in his uncle Andrew Bradford’s Philadelphia printing office (1739). Opened his own office and bookstore in Philadelphia (1742). Other business ventures included a coffee-house and an insurance company.

An ardent patriot, Bradford criticized Franklin for being insufficiently opposed to the Stamp Act. Chosen as printer to congress in 1775. Became an officer in the Pennsylvania militia (1776).

Born in New York City, grandson of American printing pioneer William Bradford. He had six children by his wife Rachel.