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BRADLEY, William L. Sr.

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BRADLEY, William L., Sr. (Mechanicsburg, OH, September 22, 1833-–Dubuque, IA, March 22, 1908). In 1890 Bradley, once a school teacher, registered Bradley's Subdivision along Southern Avenue and Samuel Street on July 21, 1858. In 1876 he purchased the LORIMIER HOUSE. Because his daughter, Elizabeth, loved golf, William donated some of the farm land that became the DUBUQUE GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB. (1)

Bradley was one of the founders of the COMMERCIAL NATIONAL BANK, served as president of SECOND NATIONAL BANK, and designed the specifications for the PRINCESS THEATRE. He was among those who initiated the development of FINLEY HOSPITAL (THE), DUBUQUE LINSEED OIL COMPANY, and the GRANDVIEW PARK ADDITION which fronted 2,700 feet along Grandview Avenue and contained 600 lots. Among his many land sales in Dubuque was the property that became the ROSHEK'S DEPARTMENT STORE. (2)

At the time of his death, William Bradley Sr. was the highest paying taxpayer in the city.



1. Diane Chalmers, e-mail, February 2, 2018

2. "William L. Bradley, Sr." Linwood Legacies. Online: http://www.linwoodlegacies.org/the-bradley-family.html