Orville Thomas Caldwell Bradley (1794-1845)

Member of Tennessee House, 20th General Assembly, 1833-35; representing Hawkins County; SENATE, 21st General Assembly, 1835-37, 2nd session only; replaced John McGaughey; representing Greene and Hawkins counties; Democrat. Born in Hawkins County on October 25, 1794; son of William and Nancy (Caldwell) Bradley. Studied privately; attended Greeneville College; studied law under Hugh Lawson White at Knoxville, Knox County, and licensed in 1817 to practice law. Never married. Lawyer, living near New Canton, Hawkins County. Amassed great wealth. Trustee of Martin Academy, 1817; in 1831 was one of the sponsors of the Railroad Advocate, published at Rogersville, Hawkins County, and the first journal devoted exclusively to the promotion of railroads. Unsuccessful for State Senate in 1823. Member Presbyterian Church. Died at Rogersville on September 28, 1845; buried in New Providence Presbyterian Churchyard, Stony Point, Hawkins County. Son of William Bradley, sometime member Tennessee General Assembly.

Sources: Knoxville Register, October 15, 1845; Goodspeed, History of Hawkins County, 876, 878; Rogersville Review, April 9, 1953; Hawkins County Will Book 1, p. 61; information supplied by Prentiss Price, Rogersville.

From Biographical Directory: Tennessee General Assembly, 1796-1967, Issue 3

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