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BRADISH, Luther, statesman, born in Cummington, Massachusetts, 15 September, 1783; died in Newport, Rhode Island, 30 August, 1863. He was graduated at Williams in 1804, and studied law in New York. After a tour in Europe, he embarked, in 1820, on board the United States ship-of-war "Columbus" for the Mediterranean, for the purpose of collecting information respecting the commerce of the Levant, preliminary to the establishment of diplomatic relations with the porte. At the conclusion of his mission he traveled over Europe and the east, and in 1826 returned to New York. About the same time he removed to Franklin County, New York He was a member of the assembly in 1827-'30, an unsuccessful candidate of the anti-Masonic party for congress in 1830, and again a member of the assembly in 1835-'8, serving during his last term as speaker. From 1839 till 1843 he was lieutenant governor of the state, and in 1842 he was the unsuccessful Whig candidate for governor. Subsequently to that period he lived in retirement, except during the administration of President Fillmore, when he filled the office of assistant United States treasurer in New York. During the latter part of his life, which he passed in New York, he was much occupied with educational, charitable, and reformatory projects, and at his death was president of the New York historical society, and of the American Bible society.
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