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William O'Connell Bradley Scrapbook,1870-1900

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William O'Connell Bradley Scrapbook




Kentucky Historical Society. Special Collections & Archives. Frankfort, Kentucky 40601-1931

Conditions Governing Access note

Access at KHS only. Use microfilm, transcriptions or images when available.

Preferred Citation Note

[Identification of item], William O'Connell Bradley Scrapbook, 1870-1900, 98SC37,Library Special Collections and Archives, Kentucky Historical Society, Frankfort.


1 item; 25 cm.


William O'Connell Bradley was born 1847 in Garrard County, Kentucky. His family moved to Somerset where he attended school. In 1870, Bradley was elected county attorney in Pulaski County. An excellent public speaker, he soon became the leading Republican politician in the state. He lost his bid for governor in 1887, but won the election of 1895 by stressing the scandals and factionalism in the Democratic Party and by gaining support from Gold Democrats who turned away from their party's free silver stance. Since the Democrats controlled the Senate and the Republicans held the majority in the House, Bradley's administration was essentially weak and ineffective.

Scope and Content

This one item collection consists of a scrapbook containing newspaper clippings concerning the political career of William O'Connell Bradley, Kentucky's first Republican Governor from 1895-1899. The scrapbook dates between 1870 and 1900.

Arrangement: Chronological


  • Bradley, William O'Connell, 1847-1914
  • Governors -- Kentucky -- 19th century
  • Kentucky -- Politics and government -- 19th century
  • Scrapbooks

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