William O. Bradley

Gov. William O. Bradley

Kentucky

Term(s)
December 10, 1895 - December 12, 1899

Born
March 18, 1847

Passed
May 23, 1914

Party
Republican

School(s)

Birth State
Kentucky

National Office(s) Served:
Senator

Military Service:
Army

BIO

WILLIAM O’CONNELL BRADLEY was born in Lancaster, Kentucky and educated privately. While still in his teens, he served briefly in the Union Army during the Civil War. He later studied law and became Prosecuting Attorney for his home county—Garrard—in 1870. He was an unsuccessful candidate for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in 1872 and 1876, for a U.S. Senate Seat in 1876, and for governor in 1887. In 1889 he declined appointment as Minister to Korea, and from 1890 until 1896 he was a member of the Republican National Committee. During his four years as Kentucky’s first Republican governor, Bradley met with difficulty securing support for his platform from the Democrat-controlled legislature, which without his approval enacted a number of important bills, including the state’s first compulsory education law. Bradley did use his executive power, however, to veto controversial legislation to regulate railroad rates. He went on to win election to the U.S. Senate, serving from March 1909 until his death in Washington in 1914.

Source

Governors' Papers, Kentucky Department for Libraries & Archives, Public Records Division

The Political Graveyard

Sobel, Robert, and John Raimo, eds. Biographical Directory of the Governors of the United States, 1789-1978, Vol. 2 Westport, CT: Meckler Books, 1978. 4 vols.

Wikipedia.org

 
Relation to Another Governor
  • Nephew of Kentucky Governor Edwin Porch Morrow