Source: COMMEMORATIVE BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD of HARTFORD COUNTY, CONNECTICUT (Containing Biographical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens,
and of Many of the Early Settled Families.); Illustrated.;Chicago: J. H. Beers & Co., 1901.
Location: Private Library
HON. DANIEL EDWARD BRADLEY. Prominent among the energetic, enterprising and successful businessmen of Berlin, Hartford County, is the gentleman whose name introduces the sketch. He possesses untiring energy, is quick of perception, forms his plans readily, and is determined in their execution; and his close application to business and his excellent management have brought him to the prosperity which is to-day his.
Mr. Bradley was born in East Jaffrey, New Hampshire, May 16, 1851, a son of Dr. Oscar Holmes Bradley, who was born in Louisville, Kentucky, in 1826, as been engaged in the practice medicine for many years. The mother of our subject, who bore the maiden name of Julia Ann Spaulding, was born in 1831, a daughter of Daniel and Lucinda (Perkins) Spaulding, natives of Fitzwilliam, New Hampshire. The paternal grandfather, Jeremiah Bradley, married Margaret Holmes, of Londonderry, New Hampshire, and they died and were buried at South Royalston, MA.
Daniel E. Bradley, subject of the sketch, spent his boyhood and youth at home, and was graduated from the public schools of Jaffrey, Hampshire. At the age of 18 years he entered Dartmouth College, where he pursued both a scientific and civil engineering course. After his graduation he had charge of the Hoosac tunnel and Wilmington railroad as chief engineer, with headquarters at Readsboro, Vermont, having become connected with that road during vacations, and with this company he remained until October, 1883. The following two years he was assistant engineer for the Boston Bridge Works, and for the same length of time had charge of the drafting department for the Berlin Iron Bridge Co., at East Berlin. On resigning that position he went to St. Albans, Vermont, where he served as manager and treasurer for the Vermont Construction Co., for two years, and was then elected vice-president, which office he held for the same length of time. That firm did general contracting and bridge work. When he resigned that position he returned to East Berlin, Connecticut, and was manager of the highway bridge department of the Berlin Iron Bridge Co. Until 1898, when he was made manager of the contracting department. And now has full charge of making all contracts, etc. Mr. Bradley has proved a most efficient man for the place, and under his able management the business of the company has steadily increased.
On Dec. 31, 1883, Mr. Bradley married Miss Anna Samson, who was born in Roxbury, Vermont, May 3, 1862, a daughter of Charles and Margaret Samson. Her father died a number of years ago. Mr. and Mrs. Bradley have become the parents of four children: Lucile Katherine, born May 27, 1887, is now attending the Worthington private school in Berlin; Marguerite Julia, born April 16, 1889, is a pupil in the same school; Ruth, born June 7, 1891, died October 13, 1893; and Edith Narcissa, born Sept. 11, 1893, is attending Miss Roys' private school in Berlin.
In 1894 Mr. Bradley erected, on Worthington avenue, Berlin, a very beautiful residence with all modern improvements. At this hospitable home the many friends of the family delight to congregate. Politically Mr. Bradley is a stanch Democrat, and on the party ticket was elected to the State Legislature in 1897. Although Berlin township gave President McKinley a majority of 251 votes, Mr. Bradley defeated the Republican candidate, M. E. Jacobs, by 68 votes, a fact which plainly indicates his personal popularity, and the confidence and trust reposed in him by his fellow citizens. He is a prominent member of the New Britain Club, of New Britain, Connecticut; the Engineers Club, of New York; the Country Club, of Farmington, Connecticut; the American Society of Civil Engineers; and is a member of the executive committee of the Connecticut Civil Engineers Association. He is prominent in both business and social circles, and is one of the best-known men of his community.