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BRADBURY, James Ware, senator, born in York County, Maine, in 1805. He was graduated at Bowdoin in 1825, and, after teaching in the Hallowell, Maine, academy for a year, began the study of law. He settled in Augusta, Maine, in 1830, where he was for a time editor of the "Maine Patriot," and was county attorney from 1834 till 1838. He was a member of the Baltimore convention of 1844, which nominated Polk for the presidency, and in 1847 was elected to the United States senate as a democrat. He was chairman of a select committee on French spoliations. Declining to be a candidate for reelection, he returned, at the close of his term, to the practice of his profession. He has been corresponding secretary, and also president, of the Maine historical society.
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