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Thomas W. Bradley

Thomas Wilson Bradley (April 6, 1844–May 30, 1920) was a United States Representative from New York and a recipient of the United States military's highest decoration, the Medal of Honor.

Biography

Born in Yorkshire, England, Bradley immigrated to the United States in 1846 with his parents, who settled in Walden, New York. He attended school until nine years of age.

During the Civil War he entered the Union Army from Walden, New York, as a private. Later promoted to Sergeant in the 124th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment, he earned the Medal of Honor on May 3, 1863 at the Battle of Chancellorsville. His official citation reads: "Volunteered in response to a call and alone, in the face of a heavy fire of musketry and canister, went and procured ammunition for the use of his comrades." His medal was not awarded until several decades later, on June 10, 1896. After the Battle of Chancellorsville, he was promoted to captain and became the aide-de-camp to Major General Gershom Mott, 3rd Division, II Corps. He received a brevet promotion to Major of Volunteers.

He served as member of the New York State Assembly in 1876 and as delegate to the Republican National Conventions in 1892, 1896, and 1900.

Bradley was elected as a Republican to the 58th and to the four succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1903-March 3, 1913). He was not a candidate for renomination in 1912.

He engaged in banking and served as president and treasurer of the New York Knife Company.

Bradley died in Walden, New York, at age 76 and was interred there in Wallkill Valley Cemetery.

Medal of Honor citation

Rank and organization: Sergeant, Company H, 124th New York Infantry. Place and date: At Chancellorsville, Va., 3 May 1863. Entered service at: Walden, N.Y. Born: 6 April 1844, England. Date of issue: 10 June 1896.

Citation:

Volunteered in response to a call and alone, in the face of a heavy fire of musketry and canister, went and procured ammunition for the use of his comrades.

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