James Bradley

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James Bradley, PGM,
James Bradley, PGM (From the Michigan Masonic Museum and Library Collection)

Most Worshipful Grand Master, 1898

James Bradley was born in the village of Thornhill, Ontario, on February 24, 1853. When he was eight, he went to Port Huron, Michigan, and made his home with his uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. James Goulden. Soon after graduating from Port Huron public schools, he accepted a position as a bookkeeper for Henry McMorran, a wholesale grocer. In 1873, he began a job with the First National Bank of Port Huron, as a bookkeeper. He resigned in 1894 to become associated with J.M. Jenks, of Chicago, in the grain business. He was the Assistant Cashier of the bank, and for over forty years he was connected with this institution, later being made a Director and became its President.

It was really in the grain business, and especially the Chicago Board of Trade, that Brother Bradley’s abilities and resourcefulness became recognized. He soon became one of the prominent men of that important body, and was elected to the executive committee, and later became its Vice President.

Brother Bradley was raised as a Master Mason in Port Huron Lodge, No. 58, on June 4, 1874, and served as Junior Warden in 1884, Senior Warden in 1885, and was elected Worshipful Master in 1890. He was elected Junior Grand Deacon of the Grand Lodge in 1893, and was annually promoted until 1897 when he became Most Worshipful Grand Master.

Brother Bradley was a member of the Port Huron Chapter and Port Huron Commandery. He received the Chivalric, Historical and Philosophical Grades of the Consistory on March 24, 1898, and was a member of Moslem Temple of the Mystic Shrine since 1892.

Brother Bradley died at his home in Chicago, on February 6, 1914.


Taken from an obituary in the Grain Dealers Journal Vol. 32

James Bradley of Chicago died February 6 after an illness of six weeks. He was sec'y of the Nye and Jenks Grain Co. and the Nye-Schneider-Fowler Grain Co. He had been a member of the Chicago Board of Trade since 1898, was for a number of years on of its directors, and in 1908 and 1909 served as vice-pres. He served a term as pres. of the Council of Grain exchanges.

Mr. Bradley was born 61 years ago at Port Huron, Mich (not true according to records above). He came to Chicago in 1896 and entered the emplou of the Nye & Jenks Grain Co. He worked his way up in this company to the position of sec'y. He was active in the management of the Board of Trade; was a man of indisputable integrity and the highest honor, and won the friendship and confidence of all who knew him. On Feb. 6 the Board of Directors adopted resolutions of esteem.

Burial took place at Port Huron on Feb. 9. The widow and one daughter, Mrs. R. M. Calkins, survive. A Photograph of Mr. Bradley is reproduced herewith. (photo was copied by library staff - Shows him sans moustache).

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