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Nathan B. Bradley

Nathan Ball Bradley (May 28, 1831 – November 8, 1906) was a politician from the U.S. state of Michigan.

Nathan B. Bradley
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Michigan's 8th district
In office
March 4, 1873 – March 3, 1877
Preceded byDistrict created
Succeeded byCharles C. Ellsworth
Member of the Michigan Senate
from the 27th district
In office
January 1, 1867 – December 31, 1868
Preceded byDavid Jerome
Succeeded byC. B. Mills
1st Mayor of Bay City
In office
Preceded byCity incorporated
Succeeded byJames Watson
Personal details
BornMay 28, 1831
Lee, Massachusetts
DiedNovember 8, 1906 (aged 75)
Bay City
Political partyRepublican
ProfessionLumber Manufacture

Bradley was born in Lee, Massachusetts and moved with his parents to Lorain County, Ohio, in 1835 where he attended the common schools. He moved to Wisconsin in 1849 and was employed in a sawmill in the pine region. He returned to Ohio in 1850 and built and operated a sawmill until 1852, when he moved to Lexington, Michigan, and engaged in the manufacture of lumber. He moved to St. Charles, in the Saginaw Valley, in 1855 and engaged in the lumber industry. He purchased a mill in Bay City, which he operated from 1858 to 1864. He also engaged in the salt industry in Bay City, where he was also justice of the peace for three terms, a supervisor one term, an alderman three terms, and the first mayor of Bay City after it obtained its charter in 1865. He was a member of the Michigan State Senate from 1866 to 1868. He also engaged in banking in 1867, becoming vice president of the First National Bank of Bay City.

Bradley was elected as a Republican and the first person to represent Michigan's 8th congressional district to the 43rd and 44th Congresses, serving from March 4, 1873, to March 3, 1877. He was not a candidate for renomination in 1876 and again engaged in the lumber business in Bay City and also was instrumental in establishing the first beet-sugar factory in the state. Bradley died in Bay City and is interred in Elm Lawn Cemetery there.


  • United States Congress. "Nathan B. Bradley (id: B000744)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • The Political Graveyard
Political offices
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
United States Representative for the 8th Congressional District of Michigan
1873 – 1877
Succeeded by
Charles C. Ellsworth