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Willis Winter BRADLEY

(1884-1954)

BRADLEY, Willis Winter, a Representative from California; born in Ransomville, Niagara County, N.Y., June 28, 1884; moved with his parents to Milnor, N.Dak., in July 1884 and to Forman, N.Dak., in 1891; attended the public schools, and Hamlin University, St. Paul, Minn.; deputy registrant of deeds of Sargent County, N.Dak., in 1902 and 1903; was graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1906; during the First World War served as gunnery officer and as chief of the Explosives Section, Bureau of Ordnance, Navy Department; awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor; Governor of Guam 1929-1931; captain of the Pearl Harbor Navy Yard 1933-1935; attached to the Board of Inspection and Survey, Pacific Coast Section, 1940-1946; in 1946 retired from the United States Navy because of physical incapacity incurred in line of duty; took up residence in Long Beach, Calif., in 1931; elected as a Republican to the Eightieth Congress (January 3, 1947-January 3, 1949); was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1948 to the Eighty-first Congress; assistant to the president of the Pacific Coast Steamship Co., 1949-1952; member of the State assembly from 1952 until his death; died in Santa Barbara, Calif., August 27, 1954; interment in Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, San Diego, Calif.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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