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Luther Bradish letters to John and Hannah Warner Bradish

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Identifier: MSS 8693

Scope and Contents

Materials include two letters, written in 1803, from Luther Bradish to his parents, Colonel John Bradish and Hannah Warner Bradish. The letters were written while Luther was a student at William's College and they contain insights about maturing into a man, details about and experiences at college, and comments and questions about his family's well-being. Dated January 7, 1803 and June 28, 1803.


  • 1803


Conditions Governing Access

Originals restricted. Digital copy available online for public use. Transcription of originals also available for public use.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Luther Bradish letters to John and Hannah Warner Bradish must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Luther Bradish (1783-1863) was a prominent American lawyer and politician who served as Lieutenant Governor of New York from 1839 to 1842.

Luther Bradish was born in Cummington, Massachusetts, on August 30, 1863, to parents John Bradish and Hannah Warner Bradish. From 1800 to 1804 he studied at Williams College in Massachusetts and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts. After graduating he became a lawyer in New York City. He spent time traveling the world before volunterring to serve in the United States Army during the War of 1812. In 1814 he married Helen Elizabeth Gibbs but in 1816 both Helen and their son died.

In 1820 he was sent by President Monroe and Secretary of State John Quincy Adams to Turkey (then Constantinople) to negotiate a trade treaty with the Ottoman Empire. During this time he traveled extensively doing business throughout the Middle East, including Egypt. In New York Bradish was elected as a member of the New York assembly in 1827 and its speaker in 1838. Throughout his adult life Bradish was an abolitionist and was criticized for his statments about race while a member of the Assembly. In 1839 Bradish was elcted Lieutenant Governor of New York (a position he held until 1842). That same year he also married Mary Elizabeth Hart; the two would eventually have one child together. In 1842 President Millard Fillmore appointed Bradish Assistant Treasurer of New York. In 1842-1844 he was the President of the New York Historical Society.

Luther Bradish died on August 30, 1863, in Newport, Rhode Island.

Biographical History

John Bradish Jr. (1750-1825) was a Colonel in the United States Army.

John Bradish Jr. was born on September 25, 1750, in Hardwick, Massachussetts, to parents John Bradish and Mary Green. He married his wife, Hannah Warner, in approximately 1772 and together they had eight children. One of their sons was Luther Bradish, a prominent United States lawyer and politician. He was a military man and achieved the rank of Colonel in the United States Army.

John Bradish Jr. died in 1825 in Palmyra, New York.

Biographical History

Hannah Warner Bradish (1752-1828) was the mother of Luther Bradish, prominent New York lawyer and politician, and the wife of John Bradish Jr., Colonel in the United States Army.

Hannah Warner Bradish was born on October 7, 1752, in Hartwick, Massachusetts, to parents Joseph Warner and Mary Hubbard. She married John Bradish Jr. in approximately 1772 and together they had eight children, including Luther Bradish.

Hannah Warner Bradish died in 1828 in Palmyra, New York.


2 folders (0.02 linear ft.)



Custodial History

Provenance and history of the items is unknown.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source of acquisition is unknown.


Orphaned Manuscripts collection development policy, February 2014.

Existence and Location of Copies

Digital copy available online. Transcriptions available in Folder 2.

Processing Information

Processed; Zoë Brimhall, student manuscript processor, and Ryan K. Lee, curator; 2015.

Register of Luther Bradish letters to John and Hannah Warner Bradish
Zoë Brimhall
2015 March 6
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Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

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